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Young people's readings of a political cartoon and the concept of multimodal literacy

El Refaie, Elisabeth and Hörschelmann, Kathrin 2010. Young people's readings of a political cartoon and the concept of multimodal literacy. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 31 (2) , pp. 195-207. 10.1080/01596301003679719

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This article uses young people's responses to a newspaper cartoon as a way of exploring the concept of multimodal literacy. The discussion draws on data from a study which aimed to elicit the geopolitical views of 16–19-year-olds in a multi-ethnic British city by using cartoons as a way of encouraging them to talk about their thoughts and feelings towards recent political events. We argue that, contrary to popular perceptions, political cartoons are complex and polysemous and require a particular form of literacy. This not only encompasses the ability to read visual grammar, but also an understanding of the cartoon genre and how it is constructed, with a view to conveying particular meanings within a specific social and cultural context.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical geopolitics, metaphor, multimodal literacy, newspaper cartoons, systemic functional linguistics, youth politics
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0159-6306
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:45

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