Map Your Favorite Literary Locations
Ever wanted to hang out in the same towns and locations featured in Infinite Jest? On The Road? The Shining? With this cool database called Placing Literature, you can locate these sites and do just that.
I can’t say I’ve personally used the Placing Literature App, but I sure love the concept behind it.
Here’s how they explain it on their website:
Setting is a vital component in any work of literature- from Charles Dickens’s London to Mark Twain’s Hannibal to Jack Kerouac’s Lowell. Putting a story in the context of a real physical location gives stories context, placing readers in a familiar locale as the story unfolds around them.
Placing Literature is an online database of places from scenes in literature- sourced and plotted by readers and researchers. Created by an author, a geographer and an engineer, the goal of Placing Literature is to connect readers to the places they are reading about, highlighting the meanings, values and emotions attached to a space. Particularly, in this case, the meanings and values created by the author and experienced by the reader.
Placing Literature launched in June 2013 at the International Arts and Ideas Festival in New Haven, Conn., with more than 1,000 data points. Literary scenes continue to be plotted by readers for readers, using the power of crowdsourcing to create respected reference material for future research.
In sum, the “app” is basically a database that allows you to see where events in your favorite literary classics took place, also giving you the option to add your own place markers through Google Maps.
I love this. Please let me know if you’ve used it and give feedback!
Find out more about Placing Literature.
HT: The Millions