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A Digital and Naturalistic Landscape of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles

A Scalar book accompanies this map to explain methodology and provide background on Hardy.

The Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Humanities (CyberDH) enabled IU graduate student Erica Hayes to produce a naturalistic map of the locations in the novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles. The initial aim of the project was to map out the well-known naturalism at play in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. With the help of IU-Bloomington Mapping Librarian Theresa Quill, Hayes was able to take the fictionalized Wessex (based on the medieval kingdom Wessex that spanned much of present day Sussex) and geo-coordinate it with actual English locations. Using ESRI’s storymapper, the two maps coexist as separate layers. She then pulled germane passages from the novel showing the use of naturalism throughout the novel. A Scalar book accompanies this map to explain methodology and provide background on Hardy—all with an eye to making the site a teaching companion for the novel.

Hayes presented this work at Keystone DH in Pittsburgh, PA in June 2016.

Caption:  Storymap of the locations in Tess of the D 'Urbervilles.