Who Understands Comics?: Questioning the Universality of Visual Language Comprehension

Questioning the Universality of Visual Language Comprehension
Bloomsbury Academic (Verlag)
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  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 256 Seiten
978-1-350-15604-3 (ISBN)
Drawings and sequential images are so pervasive in contemporary society that we may take their understanding for granted. But how transparent are they really and how universally are they understood?

Combining recent advances from linguistics, cognitive science and clinical psychology, this book argues that visual narratives involve much greater complexity and require a lot more decoding than widely thought. Although increasingly used beyond the sphere of entertainment as materials in humanitarian, educational, and experimental contexts, Neil Cohn demonstrates that their universal comprehension cannot be assumed. Instead, understanding a visual language requires a fluency that is contingent on exposure and practice with a graphic system. Bringing together a rich but scattered literature on how people comprehend, and learn to comprehend, a sequence of images, this book coalesces research from a diverse range of fields into a broader interdisciplinary view of visual narrative to ask: Who Understands Comics?
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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40 bw illus.
  • Höhe: 234 mm
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  • Breite: 156 mm
978-1-350-15604-3 (9781350156043)
Neil Cohn is Assistant Professor of Cognition and Communication at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He is the author of The Visual Language of Comics (Bloomsbury, 2013) and editor of The Visual Narrative Reader (Bloomsbury, 2016).
1. An Assumption of Universality
2. Comprehending Visual Narratives
3. Cross-cultural Diversity of Visual Languages
4. Cross-cultural Comprehension of Visual Languages
5. Development of Visual Narrative Comprehension
6. Variation Between Fluent Comprehenders
7. Visual Narrative Comprehension in Clinical Populations
8. Graphic Narratives and Filmed Narratives
9. Visual Language Fluency

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