chapter  7
Literary Geography and the Digital
The emergence of neogeography
ByPeta Mitchell
Pages 10

Literary geography emerged as a named subdiscipline of geography in the 1970s, and, although literary maps are by no means a precondition for literary-geographical research, they have long been a conventional feature of it. Neogeography services, such as Google Maps, are of course themselves Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and, having been around since the 1960s, GIS is in itself nothing new. The discourse and political economies of neogeography, as well as the Critical GIS tradition, are, unfortunately, rarely addressed in the scholarly literature that has begun to be produced around literary and humanistic GIS. In 2011, digital historian John Levin began a crowdsourced list of predominantly academic digital humanities GIS projects. It would seem from this cursory overview of extant and in-progress digital literary mapping projects on the web that the release of Google Maps and the emergence of neogeography had at least some part to play in the relatively rapid growth of digital literary mapping post 2005.