Abstract Machines: Humanities GIS

Charles B. Travis

Language: English

Pages: 154

ISBN: 2:00353714

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Preface: Abstract machine

Part 1: GIS and the digital humanities

1. Introduction
From Lascaux to the Sea of Tranquility
What is a GIS?
GIS and the digital humanities

2. Toward the spatial turn
A brief history of Western geographical thought
Post-structuralist perspectives
Deep mapping
GIS and the space of conjecture

3. Writing time and space with GIS: The conquest and mapping of seventeenth-century Ireland
Period, place, and GIS
Geovisualizing Irish history
Rebellion and conquest in 3D
Surveying the Cromwellian Settlement
William Petty and the Down Survey
From the ballybetagh to the barony
The Books of Survey and Distribution
Database mapping the Books
Visualizing the webs of history

Part 2: Writers, texts, and mapping

4. GIS and the poetic eye
Mapping Kavanagh
Bakhtinian GIS
Creating a digital dinnseanchas
Plotting the poetic eye

5. Modeling and visualizing in GIS: The topological influences of Homer’s Odyssey and Dante’s Inferno on James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922)
Joycean cartographies
Homer and Dante’s topologies
Modeling Ulysses
The topologies of Ulysses
Upper Hell
Middle of Hell (City of Dis)
Lower Hell
Visualizing a “new Inferno in full sail”

6. Psychogeographical GIS: Creating a “kaleidoscope equipped with consciousness,”
Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds (1939)
The novel as urban GIS
Spatializing At Swim-Two-Birds
Psychogeographical mapping with GIS
Vico-Bakhtin timespaces
Counter-cartographical GIS

7. Geovisualizing Beckett
Samuel Beckett’s GIStimeline
Geovisual narratology
Dublin-Paris, 1916–30
Beckett’s bottled climates
London, 1933–35
France, 1945–46
Bricolage and biography

Part 3. Toward a humanities GIS

8. The terrae incognitae of humanities GIS
The lost mapmaker
The map theater
The geographer’s science and the storyteller’s art














visualization-gaming platform called The Cave, which immerses users in GIS-rendered landscapes, such as nineteenth-century Morgantown, West Virginia, to facilitate a phenomenological experience of a different environment, period, and place. Similar to the holodeck from Star Trek, this experiential form of GIS projects 3D models of townscapes and terrains—sourced from cartographical, archival, scientific, census, and literary data—on the walls, floor, and ceiling of an enclosed space. Individual

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Irish history, literature, or culture), Joyce’s depiction of the early twentieth-century city may appear as unintelligible; a rush of words in which space and time collide and clash in hopelessly MODELING AND VISUALIZING IN GIS: THE TOPOLOGICAL INFLUENCES OF HOMER’S ODYSSEY AND DANTE’S INFERNO ON JAMES JOYCE’S ULYSSES (1922) 63 fragmented, distorted, and incomprehensible ways. Joyce’s structuring of Ulysses’ narrative as a stream of consciousness (a literary device in which the interior

MODELING AND VISUALIZING IN GIS: THE TOPOLOGICAL INFLUENCES OF HOMER’S ODYSSEY AND DANTE’S INFERNO ON JAMES JOYCE’S ULYSSES (1922) 81 21 Joyce, Ulysses, 280, 288, 289, 291, 294, 296, 297, 301, 304, 318, 319, 321, 323, 324. 22 Budgen, James Joyce and the Making of “Ulysses,” 124–25. 23 James Joyce, “Ireland, Island of Saints and Sages,” lecture, Università Popolare, Trieste (April 27, 1907), in James Joyce: Occasional, Critical and Political Writing, ed. K. Barry (Oxford: Oxford University

Affective Geovisualizations.” 20 S. Beckett, Disjecta: Miscellaneous Writings and a Dramatic Fragment, ed. Ruby Cohn (New York: Grove Press, 1984), 74. 21 L. Falk, “The Ethics of Perception,” Convergence, 6, no. 1 (March 2000): 29–38. 22 D. C. Pocock, Humanistic Geography and Literature: Essays on the Experience of Place (Lanham, MD: Barnes & Noble Imports, 1981), 15. 23 Ibid. 24 S. A. Nathan, Samuel Beckett (New York: Hillary House Publishers, 1969), 28–29. 25 J. Knowlson, Damned to Fame:

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