The Journal of Humanities published by the Institute for the Humanities at Sungkyunkwan University has devoted itself to promoting research in various academic fields encompassing those of the East and the East—all based on diverse studies conducted at the College of Liberal Arts. Since its inception in 1971, the Journal of Humanities has introduced the outcomes of vigorous research activities in the fields of humanities—including modern history, modern literature, and modern philosophy—based on which it has set the target of reestablishing humanities harmonizing the culture of the East with the Western one and has attempted to conduct in-depth studies of humanities in general and to amalgamate them with other studies—all aimed at re-illuminating humanities as the convergence of the related studies. Having reflected on the limitation of the conventional binary structure in academic history, the Institute for the Humanities aims suggest a new direction for humanities that can overcome the center-periphery model by applying to it the imagination of “access and changes” as well as “cross-cultural research.” The Journal of Humanities has thus functioned as a comprehensive academic publication that can help pursue such a goal of the Institute for the Humanities. Unlike its fellow journals that mainly focus on particular and specified academic fields for publication, the Journal of Humanities not only deals with the whole academic fields of humanities but also covers almost all the areas of profound sciences in order to examine better the universal characteristics of humans and humanities. It has thus not only covered lots of research papers in the fields of humanities—including literature, philosophy, history, cultural studies, and linguistics—but also offered a chance to examine the general trend of humanities in the East and the West by dealing with the papers on the comparative analysis of the East and the West as well as of the regional studies, thereby coping with the ever changing global academic trends of humanities where interdisciplinary communications and exchanges are more needed than ever. The Journal of Humanities also welcomes the contributions of papers in a variety of academic areas including social, natural, and medical sciences if and when they adopt the perspectives—as well as the methodologies—of humanities. This is aimed at promoting research that can overcome the boundaries of academic disciplines, nations, and differences of understanding by focusing on the interdisciplinary communications among different branches of learning as a core value. The Journal of Humanities is actively coping with the changes of the academic trends both at home and abroad in order to play a pivotal role of a leading journal integrating academic disciplines by expanding the horizons of humanities studies.
This article discusses the meaning of reading literary texts as data based on the case of a lecture at a semester that explored the research method of digital humanities using Lee In-jik’s “new novel (sinsoseol)” as a target of analysis. Because linguistic processing of literary texts have a narrative characteristic, it is difficult to apply the same method being applied to non-literary texts to a literary text analysis. Linguistic processing of literature, especially the text of novel, needs to be made not in terms of words or concepts, but at least at the level of verses and between sentences and paragraphs. In this article, I propose to analyze the novel text by segmenting it into semantic units, just as Roland Barthes segmented ‘Sarrasine’ into 561 reading comprehension units in S/Z. Analysis based on semantic units can be divided into metalinguistic data representation and semantic performance data representation. The former conceptualizes semantic units or categorizes them under a specific classification system, contributing to the simplicity and abstract expression of data. However, it is difficult to reflect the chain process of meaning, so it is necessary to follow the plot of the novel and consider the semantic unit as an actual analysis object. That is a semantic performance-based data representation method. The semantic unit of the text is determined by the reader of the text. The extracted semantic unit is further cut into detailed elements that make up the meaning. It is a matter of reframing the network of relationships that form meaning. Because the network of semantic units is expressed as a data set, and the flow of this data set follows the plot of the novel, it shows the different narrative aspects of the novel. Therefore, extracting the semantic unit is also a task that unfolds the researcher’s reading comprehension of the text. In that sense, a semantic performance data representation is a “scriptable” text that Barthes spoke. Segmenting the text and restructuring the relational network by scattering the segmented units are a non-linear reading of the text. Here, the text loses both totality and externality. The image of these texts resembles that of the network. The network has no specific entrance or exit, and the divided units have a fragmented order. However, formality, blockade, clustering, and closure are also important characteristics of networks. In addition, narrative-based networks have temporality. A network with strong nonlinearity is passive in containing temporality. but I suggest that a little more discussion on the model of the network that reflects the narrative is needed for literary research.
This study is aimed at reexamining the authorship attribution of “Chujianqin” and “Cunhan” in the Han Feizi. Drawing on recent discussions regarding distant reading on literary history, this study presents a case study example of distant reading to build and test a hypothesis on Chinese classics. In the present study, both an unsupervised clustering and a supervised classification algorithm are used to explore patterns among pre-Qin and Han texts and to verify a hypothesis on the authorship attribution of the Han Feizi. More specifically, this study first applies Principal Component Analysis and then applies a BERT-based classification model to pre-Qin and Han texts with much focus on the Han Feizi. Results from this study reveal the existence of a remarkable similarity between the first two chapters of the Han Feizi and the Zhan Guo Ce (Annals of the Warring States). It not only provides a supplement to existing doubts over the authenticity of these two chapters but further suggests strong evidence of their Zhan Guo Ce origins.
This study has discussed the case of convergence-based humanities education for the purpose of appreciating classics and creating contents, centering on The Jehol Diary (Yeolha Ilgi) which contains various elements such as a new perspective on existing values and reflection on society and self from a global perspective. In particular, in order to arouse the sympathy and interest of learners, the contents were divided into ‘travel,” “a consciousness of criticizing reality,” and “the global perspective,” and explained them in connection with Yeonam’s way of thinking that makes this possible. Yeonam’s writing skills, such as ‘observational skills and recording habits, imagination of reversal, curiosity and humor’, were also used as the major contents at the class. In addition, for the content development process, scholars of humanities lead the entire process of content creation rather than only performing the role of providing source sources. (1) Contents centered on the main ideas of The Jehol Diary, (2) Yeonam’s contents using the writing method and (3) “My travels” contents applied with the composition method of The Jehol Diary. Through this course of instruction, the learners are presented with the contents and composition of The Jehol Diary. Contents such as games, video and online experience (VR) programs, smart phone applications, performances, magazines, webtoons, and novels were planned. Through these results, it was possible to find a phenomenon in which the understanding of The Jehol Diary and Yeonam was made deeper than the passive appreciation class, and the enthusiasm for content creation among the learners was higher. In addition, it was confirmed that the deepest understanding of the source texts is important based on a common consciousness of ‘why we should read The Jehol Diary.’