A graphical approach to the story universe of The Journey to the West

A graphical approach to the story universe of The Journey to the West
Conférencière : Barbara Wall (University of Copenhagen)

Dans le cadre du cycle de séminaire “Current Research on East Asia”
de la Graduate School of East Asian Studies

le jeudi 23 mars

Barbara Wall*
maîtresse de conférences à l’Université de Copenhague

donne sa conférence

en salle Léon Vandermeersch de l’UFR LCAO (481 C)
bâtiment des Grands Moulins, de 18h à 19h30.


On Thursday March 23th 2023Barbara Wall, associate professor, University of Copenhagen, will give a talk at the Paris Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Université Paris Cité, at 6:00 p.m. (Paris time). The lecture takes place both online on Zoom and in-person at salle Léon Vandermeersch de l’UFR LCAO (481 C), bâtiment C des Grands Moulins.

The zoom link is https://u-paris.zoom.us/s/82935801024
ID de réunion : 829 3580 1024
Code secret : 068941


The urge to find the authentic original of a story seems to be a universal longing. Recently, narratologists like Barbara Herrnstein Smith, but also experts for East Asian literatures like Michael Emmerich or Lena Henningsen draw our attention away from the often unknowable original and instead towards the variants of a story. While this suggestion brings a breath of fresh air to the field of narrative studies, it also poses a fundamental problem. If a story does not necessarily exist as a static original, but is comprised of many variants, how should we then imagine the story? This presentation proposes imagining the story not as a separate static unit, but rather as a story cloud that includes all variants and changes its form when new variants join, or old variants fall into oblivion. The main aim of this paper is therefore to find ways to make story clouds more graspable through visualizations. Specifically, for this endeavor we will focus on one of the most popular story clouds in East Asia, The Journey to the West. Methodologically, we draw on Tim Tangherliniäs actant-relationship model, which we will apply to variants of The Journey to the West and use the data to visualize the story cloud, especially its actantial core.

* Barbara Wall is Associate Professor in Korea Studies at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. With an academic background in China Studies, Japan Studies and Korea Studies, Barbara mainly works in the field of narrative studies. She is especially interested in the circulation, translation and adaptation of literary works of fiction in East Asia.

Citer ce billet
Eun-joo Carrè-Na (2023, 20 mars). A graphical approach to the story universe of The Journey to the West. Carnets du Centre Corée. Consulté le 17 juin 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/qmzo

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