PJAS 14 Autumn-6

Dennis Mischke

Cartographic Intertextuality: Reading The Narrative of Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson with Geographic
Information Systems
Polish Journal for American Studies, vol. 14 (Autumn 2020), pp. 211-224

Abstract: The Narrative of Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson from 1682 is not only famous – or infamous – for its brutal descriptions of the armed conflicts of King Philip’s War, it is also a colonial document that contains both religious as well as spatial representations of Native American territories. This article proposes to analyze this entanglement of space and text with a combination of digital text analysis tools and geographic information systems (GIS). Applying the potentials of such technologies and methods to the study of captivity narratives like Mary Rowlandson’s opens up new opportunities to better understand the interaction of writing and space in colonial New England.

Key words: digital text analysis, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), digital humanities, spatial humanities, captivity narratives, knowledge representation, intertextuality, space and text

DOI: 10.7311/PJAS.14/2/2020.06

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