Chronotopic Cartographies

Timeframe: 2018-2021
Funder: AHRC

Chronotopic Cartographies is an AHRC-funded research project investigating how to use digital tools to analyse, map, and visualise the spaces of literary texts. It draws on the literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of the ‘chronotope’: a way of describing how time and place are linked and represented in different literary genres. The core of the project uses a case-study of five texts for each of the chronotypes, annotated using CLAYE – a custom XML schema designed to capture the qualitative linguistic aspects of literary spaces and temporalities. By formalising Bakhtin’s terminology in this way, the project seeks to develop innovative methods for visualising how space and time are represented in works of literature. The outcomes include a range of innovative 2D and interactive maps which visualise the text from the CLAYE schema, exploring new visual representations of literary time and space.