New article, new maps

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Our first article based on our work on Mapping St Petersburg has been published: “Mapping Machines: Transformations of the Petersburg Text,” Primerjalna književnost 36.2 (2013). The article was initially presented at a conference of the Slovenian Comparative Literature Association devoted to the “Spatial Turn” in literary studies, and we would like to thank the organizers and other participants for the fascinating and at times combative discussions the event generated.

The article, the text of which will appear on this site in due course, is mainly devoted to exploring the methodologies and ideas behind the project. It also incorporates some preliminary analysis of new maps we have now published on the site. These additions mainly investigate aspects of the chronology and narrative of Crime and Punishment by dividing it up into dates and times of day.

We have also published a map titled Crime and Punishment, indoors and outside, to enable closer examination of the contrast between street and interior locations in the novel. This is the first map for which we have used the Open Layers API, rather than Google’s, and it represents the first step in moving all our maps over to free and open software and data. This is a necessary preliminary for enhancing their presentation and utility, for example by giving us the ability to remove anachronistic features from our base maps.

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