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Distant readings of the geographies in text corpora: mapping Norman Nicholson’s poems and letters

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Publication date14/09/2016
Host publicationProceedings of the Third Conference on Digital Humanities in Luxembourg with a Special Focus on Reading Historical Sources in the Digital Age
EditorsLars Wieneke, Catherine Jones, Marten Düring, Florentina Armaselu, René Leboutte
Place of PublicationAachen
PublisherCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)1613-0073
Original languageEnglish

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NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)1613-0073


This short article summarises a preliminary study of the poetry and correspondence of the English poet Norman Nicholson (1914-1987), undertaken as part of Lancaster University’s Spatial Humanities: Texts, GIS, Places project. In addition to offering a concise explanation of the Spatial Humanities project and the methods it employs, the article explains how working with GIS, visualisation techniques, and distant reading enriches our understanding both of the geography of Nicholson’s poetry and of the spatial dimensions of the network of people with whom he exchanged letters throughout his career.