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1. Title Title of document References - Reading Visual Narratives: Image Analysis of Children’s Picture Books
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Clare Painter; University of Sydney;
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country J.R. Martin; University of Sydney;
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Len Unsworth; Australian Catholic University;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Literacy; Linguistics; Education; Developmental Psychology
4. Subject Keyword(s) reading; visual imagery; intermodality; illustrated books; children's books; early readers
5. Subject Subject classification linguistic theory;P101-410; LB1139.2-1139.5; early childhood education; developmental psychology; BF712-724.85
6. Description Abstract 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.

7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jan-2013
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.19896
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Reading Visual Narratives: Image Analysis of Children’s Picture Books
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd