1st Edition

Critical Content Analysis of Visual Images in Books for Young People Reading Images

Edited By Holly Johnson, Janelle Mathis, Kathy Short Copyright 2019
    298 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    298 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Extending the discussion of critical content analysis to the visual realm of picturebooks and graphic novels, this book provides a clear research methodology for understanding and analyzing visual imagery. Offering strategies for "reading" illustrations in global and multicultural literature, chapter authors explore and bring together critical theory and social semiotics while demonstrating how visual analysis can be used to uncover and analyze power, ideologies, inequity, and resistance in picturebooks and graphic novels. This volume covers a diverse range of texts and types of books and offers tools and procedures for interpreting visual images to enhance the understandings of researchers, teachers, and students as they engage with the visual culture that fills our world. These methods are significant not only to becoming a critical reader of literature but to also becoming a critical reader of visual images in everyday life.

    Research Methodology and Analytical Tools

    Chapter 1 Critical Content Analysis of Visual Images

    Kathy G. Short with the Worlds of Words Community

    Chapter 2 Image Analysis Using Systemic-Functional Semiotics

    Clare Painter

    Visual Images in Counter-Narratives

    Chapter 3 Drawing Humanity: How Picturebook Illustrations Counter Antiblackness

    Desiree Cueto and Wanda Brooks

    Chapter 4 Examining the Visual in Latinx Immigrant Journey Picturebooks

    Janine M. Schall, Julia López-Robertson, and Jeanne G. Fain

    Chapter 5 A Visual Analysis through the Eyes of an Apache

    Angeline P. Hoffman

    Chapter 6 Developing Agency and Socialization through Interpretive Play

    Janelle Mathis

    Visual Images and Positioning

    Chapter 7 The Power of a Gaze: Inviting Entrée into the World of a Picturebook while Positioning a Lived Reality

    Holly Johnson

    Chapter 8 De(MIST)ifying Depression: Dark Clouds and the Construction of Disability

    Desiree Cueto, Susan Corapi, and Megan McCaffrey

    Chapter 9 Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Comparison of Image in an App and a Picturebook

    Deanna Day

    Visual Images and Ideologies

    Chapter 10 Holy Molé! and the Reproduction of a Colonialist Perspective

    Carmen M. Martínez-Roldán, and Denise Dávila

    Chapter 11 Postwar Images: Japanese Ideologies of National Identity in Picturebooks

    Junko Sakoi and Yoo Kyung Sung

    Chapter 12 Immigrant Memoirs as Reflections of Time and Place: Middle Eastern Conflict in Graphic Novels

    Seemi Aziz

    Chapter 13 The De-Queering of Heather Has Two Mommies

    Mary L. Fahrenbruck and Tabitha P. Collins

    Chapter 14 A Picturebook as a Cultural Artifact: The Influence of Embedded Ideologies

    Hee Young Kim and Kathy G. Short 

    Final Reflections

    Chapter 15 Extending a Critical Lens into Our Classrooms

    Kathy G. Short with the Worlds of Words Community


    Holly Johnson is a professor at the University of Cincinnati, USA.

    Janelle Mathis is a professor at the University of North Texas, USA.

    Kathy G. Short is a professor at the University of Arizona, USA.

    "This volune of collected essays is not only an insightful and varied study for scholars in the field of literature studies but also offers valuable guidelines and suggestions for educators working the literature for children." - Claudia Söffner, Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature