Project Lead:

Paul Youngman, Professor of German


Student contributors:
Gabrielle Tremo, Research Assistant (2014)
Ulemj Enkhbold (Lenny), Research Assistant (2015, 2016)
Elizabeth J. Stanton, Research Assistant (2015)
Ben Fleenor, Research Assistant (2016)

Advisory Board:
Jeff Barry, Associate University Librarian
Mackenzie Brooks, Digital Humanities Librarian
Alston Cobourn, Digital Scholarship Librarian

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Project Description:

The goal of “Mapping the Literary Railway” (MLR) is to demonstrate the idea that visualization is interpretation. To this end, we have taken the traditional humanities research conducted by Professor Youngman for his monograph Black Devil and Iron Angel: The Railway in 19th-Century German Literature (Washington, DC: Catholic UP 2005) and applied spatial humanities techniques to his conclusions.


Attended Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship, July 2015
Washington and Lee University press coverage


Youngman, Paul, et al. “Visualizing the Railway Space in Fontane’s Effi Briest.” TRANSIT 10, no. 2 (2016).

Methodology: mapping, Neatline, and Omeka