Story:Mapping Canadian Literatures



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Name: Sarah Krotz


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Role: assistant professor

Institution: University of Alberta

Field of Study/Creative Endeavor: Canadian literature


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Much of my work probes the relationship between literature and land. I am very excited by the possibilities that new kinds of literary mapping – particularly digital mapping – might bring to our ability to express the complexities of this relationship. Writers not only write in and from particular places (thus creating the very basic literary geography that our 2-dimensional literary maps of Canada currently register), but they also engage with and move through spaces in much more fluid ways than such maps can convey. Memory and imagination layers even the most solid places with multiple meanings. The trajectories of a narrative – and, indeed, of a writer’s life – might connect several different places. In addition to the databases that are already beginning to give a richer and deeper sense of this country’s literary cultures, it is my hope that, with the help of GIS, CWRC will be able to accommodate maps that both enrich and productively trouble our understanding of what “Canadian” literature itself might be, and the multidimensional experiences of space and place that produce it.

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