"After a hundred years/nobody knows the place": Notes toward spatial visualizations of Emily Dickinson Academic Article uri icon


  • This essay speculates on possible digital manipulations of the relationships between Dickinson texts-the letters and poems-and their spatial contexts and posits that such approaches are ripe for exploration by Dickinson scholars. The 19th-Century Concord Digital Archive is used as a case study to explore how literature scholars might locate research questions that would be supported by visualization approaches. The article explores the potential for representational and interpretive approaches to visualization, positing that interpretive uses hold the most scholarly promise. Examining possible tools that might be used by scholars, including GIS and Neatline, the article argues that such tools help us, as Jerome McGann writes, "imagine what we don't know." The article ends by cautioning scholars to resist simple, positivistic spatial representations that fix representations. Instead, the article encourages scholars to use visualizations to disrupt, reorder, and expose new forms of inquiry. © 2014 The Johns Hopkins University Press.

author list (cited authors)

  • Earhart, A. E.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • January 2014