Reading Visual Narratives: Image Analysis of Children’s Picture Books - Image Analysis of Children's Picture Books - Clare Painter

Reading Visual Narratives: Image Analysis of Children’s Picture Books - Image Analysis of Children's Picture Books - Clare Painter

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Reading Visual Narratives: Image Analysis of Children’s Picture Books - Image Analysis of Children's Picture Books - Clare Painter

Clare Painter [+-]
University of Sydney
Clare Painter is Honorary Associate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney.
J.R. Martin [+-]
University of Sydney
J R Martin is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. His research interests include systemic theory, functional grammar, discourse semantics, register, genre, multimodality and critical discourse analysis, focussing on English and Tagalog - with special reference to the transdisciplinary fields of educational linguistics and social semiotics.
Len Unsworth [+-]
Australian Catholic University
Len Unsworth is Professor in Education at Australian Catholic University. He has been a chief investigator on five Australian Research Council funded projects since 2005 including two ARC Linkage Projects with the NSW Department of Education and Training and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation as industry partners. Len’s publications include Literacy Learning and Teaching (Macmillan, 1993), Researching Language in Schools and Communities (Continuum, 2000), Teaching Multiliteracies across the Curriculum [with Angela Thomas, Alyson Simpson and Jenny Asha] (Open University Press, 2001), Teaching Children’s Literature with Information and Communication Technologies (McGraw-Hill/Open University Press 2005), E-literature for Children and Classroom Literacy Learning (Routledge, 2006), New Literacies and the English Curriculum (Continuum, 2008) and Multimodal Semiotics (Continuum, 2008).

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PAPERBACK PUBLISHED APRIL 2014 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. 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 children’s 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 children’s literature and literacy. Index

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Painter, Clare ; Martin, J.R.; Unsworth, Len . Index. Reading Visual Narratives: Image Analysis of Children’s Picture Books - Image Analysis of Children's Picture Books. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 183-186 Jan 2013. ISBN 9781781791011. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19897. Date accessed: 23 Jun 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19897. Jan 2013

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