Mapping the Literary Railway

Welcome to “Mapping the Literary Railway” (MLR), a project funded by Washington and Lee University and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

MLR is an active scholarly project managed by the Digital Humanities team at Washington and Lee University. We use geo-spatial visualizations to explore new interpretations of 19th-century German, Austrian and Swiss literature in which the railway plays a key role. Our broader goal is to incorporate railway literature from other countries to make this truly a railway map of world literature.

To date (August 2016), we have mapped Theodor Fontane’s “Die Brück’ am Tay” (1880), Cécile (1887), and Effi Briest (1895), along with Gerhart Hauptmann’s Bahnwärter Thiel (1888). We are currently working on mapping various works from Peter Rosegger and Berthold Auerbach.