Online Assignment #8: Mapping Novels


In class, you’ll be split into two groups that correspond the two novels we will read:  The Romance of the Shop and The Picture of Dorian Gray.  Sign up for a location from the list that I will distribute, and write a blog post that explains the significance of the location and analyzes its importance in the novel.

NOTE: Each student will do a blog post for EITHER The Romance of a Shop OR The Picture of Dorian Gray.  These blog posts will lay the groundwork for your final project and paper.


The blog post is due on the day the location appears in the reading by noon

Romance of a Shop: 10/26, 10/29, 11/2, or 11/5

The Picture of Dorian Gray: 11/16, 11/19, 11/30, or 12/3.


1. Choose one spot mentioned in the novel you signed up for. Each person must choose a different location. Click here to find and sign up for a location.

2.  Do a search for your street on Victorian Google Maps ( and then zoom in and take a screenshot.

3. Use a combination of the following sites to learn about the area you have chosen:

“Historical Eye” (
the “Old Bailey Online” (
“Charles Booth Online Archive” (
“Locating London” (
“British Histories” (
“London Buildings and Monuments illustrated in the Victorian Web” (
“Mapping Emotions in Victorian London” (

4. Write a blog post about what you’ve learned about the area

a. Include 3-4 specific details about the location
b. Explain the location’s importance to the novel, in terms of plot and theme
c. Include screenshots and any other pictures you’ve found that you think will be helpful.
d. To quote from a source without plagiarizing, consult pages 16-17 from Standards and Styles (