Stylometry, Chinese, and Following the Flow of Information
In this talk, Paul Vierthaler will discuss his current research into tracing the movement of historical information through Chinese texts written in the late Ming and early Qing Dynasties (roughly 1500 to 1700). He will first introduce stylometry and its potential for studying imperial Chinese literature. Following this, he will discuss his recent work in mapping intertexuality across large Chinese corpora in an effort to trace the development of imperial historical imagination. He will conclude by discussing a new experimental approach designed to enrich this intertextual data by leveraging stylometric text classifiers to discern the directionality of text sharing.