UVA Working to Create Digital Map of Faulkner’s Literary World

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A University of Virginia English professor is teaming up with experts from around the country to create a unique digital library.

The team, which includes UVA professor Steve Railton, is using digital technologies to map out William Faulkner's fictional world in Mississippi.

Digital Yoknapatawpha offers interactive timelines and maps to help users visualize the famous author's texts.

Users can look at how locations are connected, get detailed information on characters, and chart them out using filters.

"It's a combination of frustrating and exhilarating to try to translate the literature that I love into this new medium- the online digital world that our students spend so much time in," Railton said.

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the group nearly $300,000 for the next three years.

Data for the project is currently about 60 percent complete, including 14 novels and 54 short stories. Click here for more on Digital Yoknapatawpha.

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