Reading Visual Narratives: Image Analysis of Childrens Picture Books Clare Painter

ISBN: 9781781791011

Published: June 30th 2014

Paperback

202 pages


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Reading Visual Narratives: Image Analysis of Childrens Picture Books  by  Clare Painter

Reading Visual Narratives: Image Analysis of Childrens Picture Books by Clare Painter
June 30th 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 202 pages | ISBN: 9781781791011 | 9.33 Mb

Contemporary childrens 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 bookMoreContemporary childrens 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 childrens earliest literature.

Reading Visual Narratives 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 childrens picture books. Reading Visual Narratives 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 childrens literature and literacy.



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