Jul 22 2015

East Asia — Digital Humanities

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One of the core research areas for Chicago Text Lab is the development of analytical models and digital corpora for the study of East Asian literary and cultural history. We currently have several research projects underway that explore computational approaches to Japanese and Chinese literary texts and bibliographical data. Please stay tuned to this space as these various projects take shape.


Enhancing Search Functionality for Large Corpora

In 2016, Hoyt Long worked with the ARTFL group at the University of Chicago to develop an enhanced search interface for the Aozora Bunko Digital Library. Using this new interface, users can now do complex keyword searches across the more than 12,000 texts contained in the library. The collection includes fiction, poetry, essays, and dramatic scripts, with the bulk of material dating to the first half of the 20th century. Links to the interface and instructions for use can be found below. In the months to come, we will be adding additional tutorials on how to use the interface, as well as posting about the history and make-up of this unique collection.

New Aozora Search Interface

Instructions on how to use Aozora Search


Recent Articles and Work in Progress

“A Macroanalysis of Modern Japanese and Chinese Texts” (Long, So, and Detwyler). This is the video of a talk that we presented as part of Stanford University’s DHAsia Initiative in March 2016. The talk demonstrates some of the ways that computation might support comparative and translingual work in the study of East Asian literary texts.

“Fog and Steel: Mapping Communities of Literary Translation in an Information Age” (Long, Journal of Japanese Studies, Summer 2015). Color figures for the paper are available below.

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