Comparing vocabulary and narrative models in non-western empires
Cultural reforms, linguistic renewal and literary renaissance in the empires of Russia, Turkey and Japan created a shared historical experience that resulted in common intellectual vocabulary and narrative models. To prove this, the EU-funded NONWESTLIT project will develop a comparative model, designing a polycentric and plural map of literary modernity to investigate structural similarities between the three traditions. The project will apply multi-method research combining qualitative and quantitative approaches. Moreover, it will perform historical and literary comparisons between the emerging national literary systems, mapping transnational networks of narrative strategies, conceptual systems and translation practices. The findings will benefit digital humanities in non-western and multilingual comparative research and make unknown literary texts available and accessible.
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