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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

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23 Comments Post a comment
  1. The nerd in me loves this. I have to take part. Great post.

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    July 8, 2013
  2. Love the satellite map style . . so much fun. Thanks Robert, this is a really great idea.

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    July 8, 2013
  3. Reblogged this on FERRARI.

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    July 8, 2013
  4. Reblogged this on Memento Mori and commented:
    Well, this is kinda cool.

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    July 8, 2013
  5. Very cool idea. I think I should attempt to do this. Great post.

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    July 8, 2013
  6. Reblogged this on 100 Classics Challenge and commented:
    What would be the first book you would map out?

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    July 8, 2013
  7. Reblogged this on Person: Getorix and commented:
    Wanted to reblog this, as it seems like a cool thing that good old Placing Literature has done. The one thing I would point out, at the risk of being anointed Captain Obvious, is that the passage of time destroys the settings of these great works. Well, more fairly, it destroys the ability for you and me to see and experience them as they are on the page. That’s ok. Time is what it is. And what is it, indeed? Check this out, or don’t. Rock on.

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    July 8, 2013
    • Literature is a perfect way to capture time.

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      July 8, 2013
      • I agree, which reveals the only drawback to this “app:” that it is not literature. It does not stop time. But at least we have the opportunity to go to the sites and erase and draw with our minds and see if we can’t come closer to seeing where the author was writing about.

        Thanks for commenting! And for telling it true.

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        July 8, 2013
        • Sounds very poetic. I do enjoy your thoughts on this one. Thank you 😉

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          July 9, 2013
  8. Reblogged this on huntprayerpoems.

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    July 8, 2013
  9. dawsonlesley #

    I like this! 🙂

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    July 8, 2013
  10. Jodie Nelson #

    Reblogged this on Writing and Tech and commented:
    It’s a great idea.

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    July 8, 2013
  11. Reblogged this on Adithya Entertainment.

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    July 9, 2013
  12. I have never even heard of it but Im definitely checking it out thats awesome!

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    July 9, 2013
  13. Will def mention on my weekly blog review. Thanks!

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    July 9, 2013
  14. I also reblogged this on BookShares: http://joannehindman.wordpress.com/.

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    July 9, 2013
  15. TroyMartin #

    Reblogged this on Troy Martin and commented:
    This is time consuming and I love it…

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    July 11, 2013
  16. This is awesome! Since I’ve been book blogging, I’ve been looking forward to reading books set in locations I’m travelling to, so I’m very excited to check out this app!

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    July 14, 2013
  17. grcschmd #

    This sounds wonderful! Though I wonder where they’d place the closest thing to Middle Earth……and I don’t suppose they’ve found THEE wardrobe C.S. Lewis had mentioned…
    😉

    Love it!

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    July 19, 2013
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