16 comments for “Comments on Dalloway Maps

  1. Caitlin
    February 25, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Awesome Job English 389 students. This map allowed me to see the book in a different light. It is interesting to see how Clarissa and Peter travel along parallel lines through their seperate walk through the city. It’s nice to have a visual representation of the characters stops and actions. I really enjoyed clicking on all of the different icons and taking the same walks as Clarissa, Elizabeth and Peter took.

  2. Maria Ochoa
    February 25, 2015 at 9:57 pm


    I found the google earth map for Mrs. Dalloway extremely useful for me, because I for one have never been to London but after looking at this map I feel I can understand this novel a bit more. Especially the note about Big Ben. At first I thought Big Ben sounded like a human character, but after reading I realized it was the big clock in the middle of London. I couldn’t understand why it played such a big part in this novel, but after seeing the notation it helped me understand how important time was in this novel. Also, I was able to see a close up picture of Big Ben and now I understand why it stood out in the novel. Who would be able to ignore a clock that big right? The other notations were also useful for the different places the novel takes place in such as India, or the Hotels. It was really exciting to see the work that these students were able to put together regarding this novel. Very well done!!!

  3. Daniel Arias
    February 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    I want to start by mentioning that I think this projects is a great resource, and it lets the reader somehow feel closer to Woolf’s work and the world she created. It is interesting to be able to walk the streets along the characters of the novel and see what they see (in a way).

    Having said that, I do feel ambivalent about using a project like this to analyze Woolf’s style of prose. I’ve come to look at “Mrs. Dalloway” in two different ways. On one side, there is the unforgiving march of time, pushing the day onwards, and pushing the lives of the characters onwards as well. There is a very mechanical feel to that aspect of the story that I think this mapping project supports very well, for it helps the reader visualize the characters in a defined confine as the hours are sounded by the Big Ben.

    There is, however, another aspect to Woolf’s style. Her prose is just mesmerizing because, far from moving in a straight line, it flows in waves with a plasticity that is just dazzling. Though the premise of “Mrs. Dalloway” is very simple and mundane, the world that her language portrays has a surreal feel that just slips through the fingers and wraps itself around the mind–as I read the novel, I didn’t picture a realist vision of people walking through defined streets, but a bubbling exchange of points of view and perspectives that expand, clash, weave around each other. The mapping project, which delineates each character’s route strictly and stiffly, takes away from that poetic and mesmerizing quality that Woolf’s prose has.

    And yet, Woolf’s work combines a very mundane realism with passages of lyrical beauty that portray life as something greater than the sum of its parts. The mapping project really helps to solidify the physical world of “Mrs. Dalloway” in an amazing manner, for it showcases yet another way in which the characters of the novel create an intricate web of connections and relationships that help the reader understand the complexity of Woolf’s work.

  4. Veronica Ramirez
    February 25, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I’ve never seen anything like this! Discovering the maps through street view allowed me to, if only in a small way, get into the character’s mind, specially Clarissa and Septimus’. I imagined taking solitary walks through London. The massive architecture and great number of people present gave a better understanding as to why their minds wandered as they did. I empathized for them and discovered that their wandering minds were greatly due to sensory stimulation rather than just a deep mental disturbance.

  5. Cheryl Ou
    February 26, 2015 at 2:13 am

    I really enjoyed the maps as they really helped me to observe aspects of the novel that I might not have noticed before. The one that caught my attention was the note about time as a recurring theme in the novel. I also noticed this and it became especially interesting to me towards the end of part 8 when Peter is sitting outside in the wicker chair on a hot evening and mentions Mr. Willet’s summer time. I think it would have been cool to include this quote too since this speaks directly about the current time (period) in England. This project shows that it took a lot of effort and it is very well done. I’m grateful to have been able to experience it. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Belinda
    February 26, 2015 at 2:18 am

    This made it a lot easier to understand the characters as a whole.

  7. Kristen Berg
    February 26, 2015 at 3:29 am

    This mapping of this novel is fascinating to me. I love that from far away the pins help us to visualize the setting within the wide scope of the the entire world. This is especially useful to help visualize Peters isolation from English society during the time that he is in India. The information given for each pin is increasingly helpful as it points me to the direct person(s) and events which took place at each setting while showing me a picture of what the quotes in the book are intended to describe. A map such as this one is excellent when there are many interweaving characters, events, and settings which need to be kept straight.

  8. Devon
    February 26, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Firstly, great job on the project! I found it fasinatiing how the whole process of this class assignment works, and I believe the assignment helped me better understand Mrs.Dalloway as a piece of literary work. Noticing small things like how Peter and Mrs.Dalloway took the same route on their walks was really cool.

  9. Ashley Martinez
    February 26, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    The Duke of Cambridge Statue pin helped me to better understand and visualize the type of persona Peter is resentful of. In the novel, the Duke of Cambridge is described as “a Socialist, in some sense a failure” and Peter hates the fact that “The future of civilization lies…in the hands of young men like that,” young men who have “a love of abstract principles, and [get] books sent out to them all the way from London to a peak in the Himalayas.” Upon seeing the presence of the statue, I can now see why Peter glares at it. It respresents careless people who can do anything on a whim and still be regarded as sources of power. It represents Clarissa, and everything she stands for. Thank you again for posting this pin, I found it extremely helpful. -Ashley from Eng178

  10. Esteban
    February 26, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    This is a very interesting assignment for an English class. It can truly assist the reader in understanding the setting of the novel by providing them with the exact locations illustrated in the novel. If I ever go to the United Kingdom, I’ll be sure to use this map.

  11. Katie Moore
    February 26, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    I really enjoyed looking at the Maps of Mrs. Dalloway. I loved the way the class portrayed the characters paths, and it was interesting to see the points at which they crossed, in a mapped out form. I also found it very helpful to know where, and see the exact locations, each character happened upon or went to intentionally. These maps enabled me to paint a better picture of the different settings in which the story, “Mrs. Dalloway” took place and I found it very useful in my readings.

  12. Paige
    February 26, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Thank you for allowing English 178 to be able to view this. I enjoyed being able to walk where Clarissa walked. I have never seen London, but it was amazing to see from that view. It is all so interconnected and that is the way I pictured Virginia Woolf seeing this.

  13. Kelsey
    February 26, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    i really enjoyed playing around and following your maps. As I was finishing Mrs. Dalloway last night, I found having the map open to really helpful! Her path specifically was rather confusing for me to follow in the beginning so when I went back and studied the map you guys created, it helped me better understand the text. On a personal note, I was just traveling in London last month so having the sidewalk view option with the google maps pins, made the experience that much more enjoyable for me but also probably helped other students picture what that culture looks like if they have not been able to travel.

  14. Melissa Stedman
    February 26, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I really like the images that were supporting the quotes. It helped me visualize what the location looked like because I have never had the opportunity to visit England.

  15. Alexia Salazar
    February 26, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    The maps not only gave me a better visual of how the characters move in the story and where their specific locations are, but it gave me great insight into Virginia Woolf’s awareness of her surroundings. She was able to accurately move these characters through the story and through London which is extremely fascinating to physically see on a map. So being able to see these characters move gives me better insight into Woolf herself.

  16. Monica Limon
    February 26, 2015 at 3:36 pm


    Having recently completed the Mrs. Dalloway, I felt that maps were very useful in my post-novel reflection. Being able to see the routes traveled provides a more human quality and dimension to the characters of the novel . Thanks for providing sharing this awesome project with us!

    Kind Wishes,

    Monica Limon

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