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Digital Mapping as Literary Analysis
Presenter Lightning Session(s)
Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies, United States
The focus of my lightning talk is my work on a digital mapping project of The Tale of Genji. The project takes all of the locations mentioned within the text and breaks them down into three categories—mentioned in text, mentioned in poetry, and visited in text. My goal with breaking the locations down into these categories is to make it easier to see how information about place moved between people. Creating a visualization of that information can then help inform readers about what locations were mostly likely known about only through word of mouth and which locations were actually interacted with by people in the Heian court. By organizing the information in this way, another goal is to make the world of the text more tangible to visual learners. I will talk about both my process for creating the map and its uses as a learning and research tool.