24.402, Books: Reading Visual Narratives: Painter, Martin, Unsworth

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Subject: 24.402, Books: Reading Visual Narratives: Painter, Martin, Unsworth

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Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:20:24
From: Janet Joyce [jjoyce at equinoxpub.com]
Subject: Reading Visual Narratives: Painter, Martin, Unsworth

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Title: Reading Visual Narratives 
Subtitle: Image Analysis of Children's Picture Books 
Series Title: Functional Linguistics  

Publication Year: 2013 
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
	   http://www.equinoxpub.com/
	

Book URL: https://www.equinoxpub.com/equinox/books/showbook.asp?bkid=200&keyword=reading 


Author: Clare Painter
Author: James R. Martin
Author: Len Unsworth

Hardback: ISBN:  9781845531980 Pages: 202 Price: U.K. £ 55
Hardback: ISBN:  9781845531980 Pages: 202 Price: U.S. $ 95


Abstract:

Contemporary children’s picture books provide a rich domain for developing
theory and analysis of visual meaning and its relation to accompanying verbal
text. This book offers new descriptions of the visual strand of meaning in
picture book narratives as a way of furthering the project of ‘multimodal’
discourse analysis and of explaining the literacy demands and apprenticing
techniques of children’s earliest literature.

The book uses the principles of systemic-functional theory to organise an
explicit account of visual meaning in relation to three perspectives: the
visual construction of the narrative events and characters (ideational
meaning), the visual positioning of the reader through choices related to
focalisation and appraisal (interpersonal meaning) and the discourse
organization of visual meanings through choices in framing and composition
(textual meaning). The descriptions throughout are illustrated with examples
from highly regarded children’s picture books. This book extends previous
social-semiotic accounts of the ‘grammar’ of the image, by focussing attention
on discourse level meanings and on semantic relationships created by sequences
of images. At the same time, it extends current understandings of how picture
books work through its explicit and systematic account of the visual meanings
and their integration with verbal aspects of the texts. It will be of interest
to researchers in (multimodal) discourse analysis, systemic-functional theory
and children’s literature and literacy.
 



Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature


Written In: English  (eng)

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