Chapter published in:Literary Translation in Periodicals: Methodological challenges for a transnational approach
Edited by Laura Fólica, Diana Roig-Sanz and Stefania Caristia
[Benjamins Translation Library 155] 2020
► pp. 153–174
A historian’s approach to quantitative analysis
The case of translated short stories in Italian women’s rotocalchi (1933–1938)
The study of translated short stories in Italian illustrated magazines can contribute to the creation of a homogeneous methodology for analyzing literature in periodicals. This chapter, based on the woman’s magazine Lei, argues that a quantitative analysis of translations should always result in a proportion between translated and non-translated texts and that it has to consider both the subjective dimension of the enquiry and potential disturbing features. At the core of the methodological proposal, stands the creation of sets of numerical results as an answer to the uncertain origin of many short stories, and a vertical close reading, which entails the identification of all the texts with the same origin in order to investigate the incidence of internal trends.
Keywords: illustrated magazines, rotocalchi , Italian Fascism, magazine Lei , translated short stories, close reading, quantitative analysis, research methodology, manual data extraction, translated short stories
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Published online: 10 December 2020
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