Abstract Machines: Humanities GIS by Charles B. Travis

By Charles B. Travis

Preface: summary machine

Part 1: GIS and the electronic humanities

1. Introduction
From Lascaux to the ocean of Tranquility
What is a GIS?
GIS and the electronic humanities
Contents

2. towards the spatial turn
A short heritage of Western geographical thought
Post-structuralist perspectives
Deep mapping
GIS and the distance of conjecture

3. Writing time and house with GIS: The conquest and mapping of seventeenth-century eire
Period, position, and GIS
Geovisualizing Irish history
Rebellion and conquest in 3D
Surveying the Cromwellian Settlement
William Petty and the Down Survey
From the ballybetagh to the barony
The Books of Survey and Distribution
Database mapping the Books
Visualizing the webs of history

Part 2: Writers, texts, and mapping

4. GIS and the poetic eye
Mapping Kavanagh
Bakhtinian GIS
Creating a electronic dinnseanchas
Plotting the poetic eye

5. Modeling and visualizing in GIS: The topological impacts of Homer’s Odyssey and Dante’s Inferno on James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922)
Joycean cartographies
Homer and Dante’s topologies
Modeling Ulysses
The topologies of Ulysses
Upper Hell
Middle of Hell (City of Dis)
Lower Hell
Purgatory
Visualizing a “new Inferno in complete sail”

6. Psychogeographical GIS: making a “kaleidoscope outfitted with consciousness,”
Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds (1939)
The novel as city GIS
Spatializing At Swim-Two-Birds
Psychogeographical mapping with GIS
Vico-Bakhtin timespaces
Counter-cartographical GIS

7. Geovisualizing Beckett
Samuel Beckett’s GIStimeline
Geovisual narratology
Dublin-Paris, 1916–30
Beckett’s bottled climates
London, 1933–35
France, 1945–46
Bricolage and biography

Part three. towards a humanities GIS

8. The terrae incognitae of humanities GIS
The misplaced mapmaker
The map theater
The geographer’s technology and the storyteller’s paintings

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Abstract Machines: Humanities GIS

Preface: summary machine

Part 1: GIS and the electronic humanities

1. Introduction
From Lascaux to the ocean of Tranquility
What is a GIS?
GIS and the electronic humanities
Contents

2. towards the spatial turn
A short historical past of Western geographical thought
Post-structuralist perspectives
Deep mapping
GIS and the gap of conjecture

3. Writing time and house with GIS: The conquest and mapping of seventeenth-century eire
Period, position, and GIS
Geovisualizing Irish history
Rebellion and conquest in 3D
Surveying the Cromwellian Settlement
William Petty and the Down Survey
From the ballybetagh to the barony
The Books of Survey and Distribution
Database mapping the Books
Visualizing the webs of history

Part 2: Writers, texts, and mapping

4. GIS and the poetic eye
Mapping Kavanagh
Bakhtinian GIS
Creating a electronic dinnseanchas
Plotting the poetic eye

5. Modeling and visualizing in GIS: The topological impacts of Homer’s Odyssey and Dante’s Inferno on James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922)
Joycean cartographies
Homer and Dante’s topologies
Modeling Ulysses
The topologies of Ulysses
Upper Hell
Middle of Hell (City of Dis)
Lower Hell
Purgatory
Visualizing a “new Inferno in complete sail”

6. Psychogeographical GIS: making a “kaleidoscope built with consciousness,”
Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds (1939)
The novel as city GIS
Spatializing At Swim-Two-Birds
Psychogeographical mapping with GIS
Vico-Bakhtin timespaces
Counter-cartographical GIS

7. Geovisualizing Beckett
Samuel Beckett’s GIStimeline
Geovisual narratology
Dublin-Paris, 1916–30
Beckett’s bottled climates
London, 1933–35
France, 1945–46
Bricolage and biography

Part three. towards a humanities GIS

8. The terrae incognitae of humanities GIS
The misplaced mapmaker
The map theater
The geographer’s technology and the storyteller’s paintings

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Two hundred years later, the destruction of the Public Records Office of the Four Courts in Dublin during the Irish Civil War (1922–23) incinerated copies of the maps. 12 Top Profitable Acres in 1670. Created by the author using data derived from the Books of Survey and Distribution, 1636–1703, vols. i, ii, iv; ed. Robert C. Simington (1947, 1956, 1967); and the Books of Survey and Distribution, 1636–1703, vol. iii, ed. Breandán Mac Giolla Choille (1962), The Irish Manuscript Commission. underscore the relevance of GIS forensic historical techniques.

She observes, Much of the historical GIS being done today involves visualizing places themselves—the digital reconstruction of past landscapes. Some geovisualization strives for verisimilitude for its own sake, inspired by the beguiling realism of computer animation in cinema and gaming. 11 Arguably, the strongest evident rapprochement between geographical and historical practices now occurs in GIS scholarship. 12 In this chapter, GIS adopts these approaches to create dynamic visual narratives of the seventeenth-century conquest of Ireland and a spatialized demographic study of the land redistribution that took place in its aftermath.

28 The Books contain geospatial and attribute data, which a GIS can format and edit in a digital database and then join to a barony map layer. In this way, we can visualize the data by reconstructing the perspective of those who assembled the volumes. Thus, GIS database and mapping techniques help build a forensic reconstruction of Petty’s surveys and the Books to analyze the historical and geographical variables of Ireland’s violent land transfers. Database mapping the Books To this end, I collated and parsed information from the Books, then reconstructed it in a digital database (Excel, Dbase, Oracle, and Microsoft Access can serve as platforms).

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