Storied Cities

Geocriticism and Literary Cartography about Real Places



Geocriticism, Place-based literature, Literary cartography, Creative writing, Fremantle, Western Australia


The intention of this discussion is to explore how a sense of place can emerge when narrative inclusions are aligned to topographical mapping to create literary cartography artefacts after a geocritical review of a real place: Walyalup/Fremantle, Western Australia. This discussion will explore the underlying methodology of geocriticism (Tally Jr. 2013; Westphal 2011) applied through experimental mapping processes (De Nardi 2014; Pearce 2008; Powell 2010) to construct narrative maps that offer perspectives on how Walyalup/Fremantle’s districts have distinct thematic patterns emerging from the geocritical review and can be used to support the creative writing of real places. The district covered here is the West End, which also was the original location of the Swan River Colony and represents interesting collisions between the past and the present. This district is then used with an excerpt of creative writing to demonstrate the application of this model. The larger intention of this analysis is the development of literary cartographic maps to be utilised in a place-based creative writing project that intends to contribute to the storied history already in existence in Walyalup/Fremantle.

Author Biography

  • Sarai Mannolini-Winwood, Deakin University

    Sarai Mannolini-Winwood (she/her) is a freelance writer and sessional academic living in Western Australia. As an avid reader she is an advocate for the importance of examining popular-culture literature as a lens to explore the social and cultural perspectives of modern life. She has a BA (Hons) and MPh in Literary Studies, and is currently working on her PhD in Creative Writing at Deakin University.







How to Cite

Storied Cities: Geocriticism and Literary Cartography about Real Places. (2023). C I N D E R, 8-22.