Stanford researchers map fear and happiness in historic London

March 24, 2017

A digital humanities team sifts through two centuries of British novels and geography to see how London’s readers felt about different parts of their city.

Maps help us locate landmarks and can even trace historical change.

But can they convey people’s feelings? Or are emotions “unmappable”?

A collaboration between Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) and its Literary Lab offers a solution. The Literary Lab’s newest pamphlet, “The Emotions of London,” illustrates the ways 18th- and 19th-century British novels associate feelings with various parts of England’s capital.

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