Literary Maps

“There is a  very simple question about literary maps: what exactly do they do?  What do they do that cannot be done with words, that is; because, if it can be done with words, then maps are superflu­ous.  Take Bakhtin’s essay the chronotope: it is the greatest study ever written on space and narrative and it doesn’t have a  single map.  Carlo Oionisotti’s Geografiae storia della letteratura italiana, the same.  Raymond Williams The Country and the City, the same.  Henri i ESIiaces romanesques du XVllle siecle …  Do maps add anything, to our knowledge of literature?”

I would argue that literary maps are useful. Although they aren’t a crucial necessity, as proven by multiple significant works lacking them, they still provide the reader an extra layer of depth that they may not have received otherwise. Especially for those who choose to study and delve deeper than the average reader, these maps can offer valued insight on topics that could range from other source material as well.

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