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Title: Are translated Chinese Wuxia fiction and western heroic literature similar? a stylometric analysis based on stylistic panoramas
Authors: Wu, K 
Li, D 
Issue Date: 2022
Source: In R Moratto & D Li (Eds.), Advances in Corpus Applications in Literary and Translation Studies, p. 191-212. London: Routledge, 2022,
Abstract: This study investigates the extent to which English translations of Chinese Wuxia fiction and Western heroic literature in modern English are stylistically similar through stylometric analyses. It adds to literary translation research by highlighting possible stylistic connections between heroic literature in the East and that in the West, clues that may help understand the current reception of Wuxia translations. It also contributes to stylometric studies by introducing the stylistic panorama, a novel concept proposed to describe the stylistic picture of a (translated) text in a relatively holistic and functional way. Examining six English translations of Wuxia novels and 12 chivalric stories and heroic fantasies in modern English, the study finds that the Wuxia translations differ from the two Western subgenres in stylistic panoramas built by formal features (dispersion of word lengths, average sentence length, etc.), as well as the most frequent words and the most frequent word sequences. Such differences have foregrounded the unique stylistic features (richer Wuxia-specific vocabularies, shorter paragraph lengths, etc.) of these translations, which has contributed in part to their favorable reception among English-speaking readers. It is hoped that this study will encourage new applications for the concept of stylistic panoramas in future stylometric studies.
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 978-1-032-28738-6 (hbk)
978-1-032-28740-9 (pbk)
978-1-003-29832-8 (ebk)
DOI: 10.4324/9781003298328-12
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