ABSTRACT

As a number of the essays in this collection bear witness, there exists not only a long and enduring scholarly preoccupation with the geographies of literature, but also a correlative mapping impulse – a drive not only to understand and to describe the geography or geographies of a given literary work, but also to re-present those geographies in mapped form. In other words, an impulse to map, to geovisualize the geographies of literature. As a scholarly artifact, the literary map 1 has traditionally assumed a prominent role in the field of literary geography. Literary geography emerged as a named subdiscipline of geography in the 1970s, 2 and, although literary maps are by no means a precondition for literary-geographical research, they have long been a conventional feature of it. 3 Moreover, literary maps and literary mapping have been closely associated with the term literary geography since at least the late nineteenth century, well before literary geography’s instantiation as a subdiscipline.