Mapping Mrs. Dalloway

FINAL RESULTS: The work that the whole class did was really pretty amazing, and I wanted to be sure that everyone had access to the finished projects. As such, I’ve combined all of the maps into a single KMZ that you can download and compare.

If Steve Ramsay says you have to build to be a digital humanist, perhaps we should get started. You will work in assigned groups to map the movements of characters in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Each group will use Google Earth to create a map of one character: Clarissa Dalloway, Elizabeth Dalloway, Peter Walsh, or Septimus Smith.

Your group’s map must include:

  • 10-12 “points of interest.” Each point of interest should be marked by relevant quotations from the text, including page numbers for reference. A point of interest could include (but is not limited to):
    • an exact location given in the narrative
    • pictures of an exact or approximate location
    • pictures of historical figures mentioned in the text at that exact or approximate location
    • links to relevant audio files, video, or other websites relevant to an exact or approximate location or a particular portion of text
  • At least one path following the movements of the assigned character.
  • The location of any public clocks heard or noted by the assigned character.

Groups will present their maps in a 10-minute presentation on Tuesday, September 27. Each group member should be involved in the presentation of the map.

Maps will be evaluated on how well they meet the objectives outlined above, as well as clarity, creativity, organization, attention to detail, and design. You should experiment to make your maps as dynamic and innovative as possible. Use the software’s capabilities to its fullest! In addition to office hours, you can get technical support by visiting Emory’s Center for Interactive Teaching (ECIT) in the Woodruff Library.

Any additions or edits made to maps on Google Earth must be saved in a file. If your group members work separately on mapping, you will need to combine all the map elements into one file before presenting to the class. Make sure files are saved in the “kmz” file format. Completed group maps should be emailed to me (in kmz file format with a file title indicating the group to which the map belongs) prior to class on Tuesday, September 27. Your group is responsible for making sure your map is available and ready for presentation.

Furthermore, each of you will individually prepare a two- to three-page paper in which you reflect on the mapping assignment. Some questions to consider in your reflections are:

  • Did completing this mapping assignment change how I understand Mrs. Dalloway? If so, how? If not, why not?
  • What did I learn by completing this assignment that I could not have learned simply through reading the novel?
  • What did I learn about the digital humanities in this experience?
  • What was my experience of using Google Earth? What were the challenges and how did I or my group overcome them? What are the benefits and drawbacks to using a mapping software program like this?
  • What was my experience of working in a group on this assignment?
  • What would I change about this assignment to make it more relevant, informative, enjoyable, challenging, or interesting?

These reflection papers must be emailed to me before class begins on Thursday, September 29.

This assignment was inspired by a very similar assignment designed by Erin Sells. Erin was kind enough to share her assignment with me (under the terms of a Creative Commons license), and I adapted it for this class.


Clarissa Dalloway (yellow)
Zach Sold
Chelsea Edwards
Jordan Lewis
Rafid Kasir
Lisa Park

Elizabeth Dalloway (green)
Jordan Nissensohn
Candice Bang
Reza Bhiwandiwalla
Taylor Pershing
Daniel Crispino

Peter Walsh (red)
Michael Bolleter
Jessica Lee
Ani Deshpande
Martin Benn
Jessica Coons

Septimus Smith (blue)
Tim Webber
Reina Factor
Peter Marcinkowski
Brittany Stoudemire
Tarun Ramayya
Joe Dixon

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