Mapping New York Literary History Project

Mapping New York Literary History Project

Mapping New York’s Literary History is a digital project produced by Lehman College English majors enrolled in Bret Maney’s course, ENG 308: American Literature. The project involves research and writing about New York locations that have had a significant bearing on American literary history. Students have done some truly remarkable work, and we are excited to share it with you. For more information about the genesis of the project, click here.

To begin exploring Mapping New York’s Literary History, click on the map below:


More Information about the Project

This project originated in Lehman College’s 2015-16 “Writing Across the Curriculum” seminar.

In Spring and Fall 2016, student researchers carried out library and internet research and visited New York sites that have a relationship with U.S. literary culture. They documented these sites through notes, photographs, videos,  and interviews. The result of their investigations was a series of multimodal essays posted online under their names, initials, or a  pseudonym.

The intention of the students and the instructor is that their work will become a permanent contribution to the digital documentation of our city’s and region’s literary history.

We decided to make the multimodal essays accessible through a mapping interface. Clicking on individual points on the map will take readers to the relevant essays about the New York sites and their literary past. You can explore this mapping interface by clicking on the map above.

The goal of this project is threefold: (1) to foster student and instructor engagement with local literary history, (2) to introduce students to writing for digital publics,  and (3) to participate as a class in the public humanities mission of sharing our disciplinary expertise with our neighbors on the web.

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