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).

This website uses following software libraries:
This website uses following maps:
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, Tertius; Fox, Gerald (1974). 3000 Years of Urban Growth. New York and London: Academic Press.
  • State borders 1815 = Thinkquest (License)
  • German Confereration = Elektronische Datengrundlage: Projekt HGIS Germany, Mainz 2006. (License)

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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