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By Charles B. Travis

Preface: summary machine

Part 1: GIS and the electronic humanities

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

2. towards the spatial turn
A short heritage of Western geographical thought
Post-structuralist perspectives
Deep mapping
GIS and the gap of conjecture

3. Writing time and house with GIS: The conquest and mapping of seventeenth-century eire
Period, position, 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 electronic dinnseanchas
Plotting the poetic eye

5. Modeling and visualizing in GIS: The topological affects 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 complete sail”

6. Psychogeographical GIS: making a “kaleidoscope outfitted with consciousness,”
Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds (1939)
The novel as city 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 three. towards a humanities GIS

8. The terrae incognitae of humanities GIS
The misplaced mapmaker
The map theater
The geographer’s technology and the storyteller’s artwork

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Meanwhile, as Neil Smith observes, the conflation of geography, cartography, and the ideology of imperialism shaped British geographer Halford Mackinder’s concepts of the “worldisland” and the “geographical pivot of history” as well as US historian Frederick Jackson Turner’s “end of the frontier” thesis on the settlement and closure of the American West. However, such Toward the spatial turn 15 perspectives also raised a few questions. If geographers had entirely mapped, enumerated, and described all the world’s cultures, territories, and nations—“relegating geography to the realm of the fixed”—then what purpose and further utility could the discipline offer?

13 The 1641 rebellion erupted as a backlash to this policy. In response, Cromwell and his New Model Army, inflamed by the Puritan revolution in England, sailed to Ireland believing that disloyal Catholics should pay in blood and land for their massacre of Protestant settlers. His scorched-earth policy during the Siege of Drogheda in September 1649 signaled both Cromwell’s intentions and the ferocity of his crusade. In nine months, the New Model Army brought Leinster, Munster, and Ulster into a single jurisdiction; by the end of 1650, the army had secured these provinces firmly under English Commonwealth control.

12 Ibid. , 80. Toward the spatial turn 21 14 R. J. Mayhew, Geography and Literature in Historical Context: Samuel Johnson and Eighteenth-Century English Conceptions of Geography (Oxford: School of Geography, 1997), 7, 43. 15 J. B. Harley, “Deconstructing the Map” Cartographica, 26, no. 2 (1989): 4. 16 Cosgrove, “Maps, Mapping, Modernity,” 37. 17 N. Smith, American Empire: Roosevelt’s Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002), 14. , 13. 19 H. Lefebvre, Critique of Everyday Life, vol.

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