Mapping Emotions in Victorian London

The “Mapping Emotions in Victorian London” project, led by a team from Stanford Literary Lab, describes itself as “a crowdsourcing project designed to expand possibilities for research in the humanities”. This is a bold claim, and yet it seems possible that this project can live up to the hype. The Stanford team has crowdsourced anonymous annotations to passages from Victorian novels about their emotional representation of London. From these annotations they have created an ’emotional’ map of London, using a combination of modern Google maps and a historical Ordnance Survey Map. The website itself is a little difficult to use initially, but the map itself is very intuitive, and the ability to switch to a particular emotional viewpoint (such as ‘Dreadful London’) is fantastic! This is a great example of the possibilities for the use of digital mapping technology in the humanities.

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