Romantic Cartographies

Alpha version

Asko Nivala

Postdoctoral Researcher
Academy of Finland

Adjunct Professor of
Cultural History
University of Turku

About the Romantic Cartographies project

Most texts are spatial implying a network of important places. This was especially typical of the Romantic era (1790–1840) that was characterised by the growing interest in historical and natural sites. Romantic Cartographies project provides a new interpretation of English and German Romanticism by changing the focus from temporal to spatial. It analyses the spatiality of Romantic texts by reconstructing the various geographic maps they implied.

You can browse the project database focusing on texts, authors, places, routes and topic models. It is worth mentioning that not all authors included in the database are considered ‘Romantic’. First, the definition of ‘Romanticism’ is far from undisputed. Therefore to avoid reducing Romanticism to the current literary canon, it is better to be inclusive than too exclusive. Second, some contemporaries of the Romantic authors are included for comparative purposes.

Alpha version

Please note that the current version of the database is an alpha release which may contain bugs or erroneous data. If you find any errors, please contact the developer. More documentation about the website and its functions will be provided in the future.


The website and research database is made by Asko Nivala (University of Turku) and it is a result of postdoctoral research project funded by Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (2017–2019) and Academy of Finland (2019-2022, decision number 321945).

Software libraries
Historical vector data
  • Coastlines: GeoMAPS (License)
  • Europe 1800: © Copyright 2008, Christos Nüssli, Euratlas –, reproduction prohibited, license of (5.8.2019).
  • Major cities 1800: Asko Nivala based on (Chandler & Fox 1974).
  • State borders 1815: Thinkquest (License)
  • German Confereration: Elektronische Datengrundlage: Projekt HGIS Germany, Mainz 2006. (License)
  • Chandler, Tertius; Fox, Gerald (1974). 3000 Years of Urban Growth. New York and London: Academic Press.
  • Finkel, Jenny Rose; Grenager, Trond; Manning, Christopher (2005). Incorporating Non-local Information into Information Extraction Systems by Gibbs Sampling. Proceedings of the 43nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2005), pp. 363-370.
  • Faruqui, Manaal; Pado, Sebastian (2010). Training and Evaluating a German Named Entity Recognizer with Semantic Generalization. Proceedings of Konvens 2010, Saarbrücken, Germany.

Terms of use

Copyright of Romantic Cartographies: Lived and Imagined Space in English and German Romantic Texts, 1790–1840 database and in the structure and design of the database belongs to Asko Nivala. Access is provided solely for the purposes of research, teaching, private study, and general interest. Prior written permission is required for any alteration or redistribution of the database, or a substantial portion thereof in any form, including electronic; prior written permission is also required for any commercial exploitation of the database’s contents. The use of automated systems or software to extract data (i.e., ‘screen scraping’) from this website ( is prohibited without a written licence agreement. Proper acknowledgement should be made when citing or quoting materials.

Suggested citation

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