Early Chinese Novel Analysis: Rhetorical Formula, Linguistic Style, NLP & GIS Mapping
This project employs digital humanities techniques, including text mining and GIS mapping, to delve into the early Chinese novel, Zheng He’s Voyages to the Western Sea (Sanbao taijian xi yang ji 三寶太監西洋記, 1597). The narrative, recounting the journeys of the historical figure Zheng He, is notable for its distinctive linguistic style and rhetorical formula, illuminating the transformation of Chinese vernacular literature. By merging humanities approaches with computational strategies, we aim to provide a renewed perspective on the intricate layers of Chinese literary works.
Extract, preprocess, and clean the text data, ensuring its readiness for in-depth analysis; utilize Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools and techniques to conduct a comprehensive linguistic style analysis of the text; create maps to visually represent and pinpoint the various locations detailed in the travel narrative.
Applicant's Learning Objectives
The project aims to equip participants with hands-on experience using Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools to enhance literary analysis and to introduce GIS mapping skills to effectively visualize geographical narratives.
Complexity of the project