Towards a Geography of European Fiction


March 2017

Europe offers an abundance of fictionalised landscapes and cities. The growing research area of literary geography and literary cartography aims at visibly rendering such complex overlays of real and fictional geographies. Thus an interactive prototype of aLiterary Atlas of Europeis currently under development at the Institute of Cartography, ETH Zurich.

Besides this project, the Literary Atlas of Europewebsite offers a vast collection of interesting experiments, texts, maps, references and links on the geography of European fiction. Such resource is as useful as more-than-ever relevant in a context where the European project itself is being continuously undermined and haunted by ‘the borders of the past’ - an expression used in Theresa May’s recent letter to the EU - and by all it entangles.


Susana Oliveira