Texts are visualized as a dynamic 3D topography a 'landscape'. Hills and peaks emerge over time, to indicate prominent spaces within the literary space as the user moves through the narrative.
Each passage has a 'height' value creating a 'peak' which illustrates its proximity to the readers current point in the narrative. As the reader moves the through the text, so places that are nearer become larger, and the peak increases.
Markers denote the specific position of Topos elements [passages of text]. Each marker represents a single passage of text. Colour is defined by its associated 'Chronotype'. The size is defined by the amount of text in the passage.
Specific (named) places in the text are visualized as labelled place markers. Groups of passages in the text are clustered around shared places - these are marked and labelled on the map.
Nodes are chrono topic points. They indicate (represent] the spatial relationships between objects. Nodes provide the 'ground' upon which the map is based. Viewing the map from above will show, more clearly the spatial network of topos nodes.
The timeline bar shows the chronological sequence of all passages in the text. The colour of each rectangle corresponds to the chronotype of the passage. The circle indicates the users current point in the novel, and the highlighted section indicates the section of the narrative that is visible on the map. By sliding the timeline you can see move through the narrative and see the way in which siginificant spaces and places on the map emerge.
Drag the timeline bar to move through the passages in the text. Click anywhere on the timeline to jump to a new point
Drag the triangles left and right to expand or contract the narrative section ('span') revealed on the map.
I work as a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University in the Interaction Design department. I welcome any feedback or comments you may have about these visualisations.
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