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Heterosemiosis: mixing sign systems in graphic narrative texts

El Refaie, Elisabeth 2014. Heterosemiosis: mixing sign systems in graphic narrative texts. Semiotica 2014 (202) , pp. 21-39. 10.1515/sem-2013-0094

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Abstract

This article introduces the notion of heterosemiosis to describe the overt juxtaposition of different sign systems in graphic narrative texts. Using Guibert et al.'s (2009) The Photographer as an example, I argue that heterosemiosis is typically signalled through the use of ellipsis, excess, and/or some form of metadiscourse. Heterosemiosis can be used to draw attention to the problematic nature of all representation, thereby disrupting the narrative power of the author(s)/narrator(s) and opening up the possibility of alternative meanings and story interpretations. I also explain why I prefer the new term heterosemiosis to the commonly used notion of “hybridity.”

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords: graphic narrative; heteroglossia; heterosemiosis; hybridity; photo­graphy; narrative power
Publisher: De Gruyter
ISSN: 1613-3692
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2019 13:23
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/78566

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