Learning to See: The Meanings, Modes and Methods of Visual Literacy


Learning to See: The Meanings, Modes and Methods of Visual Literacy


Edited by Michael Heitkemper-Yates and Katarzyna Kaczmarczyk

Format: eBook (PDF)

Year: 2016

From the garden to the gallery, and from mind-mapping to multimodality, visual literacy studies offers a spectrum of interdisciplinary approaches to the endless permutations of the visual.

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If, indeed, ‘Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others,’ as Jonathan Swift has so famously phrased it, then visual literacy is the art of translating the seen – through image, word and gesture – so that the invisible can be made visible to others. In other words, visual literacy specifies a process of articulation that employs both sight and insight in the service of interpreting the language of the image, reading the narrative of the graphic, and deciphering the codes and modes of the visual. This volume represents an attempt to convey some of the many ideas surrounding visual literacy and advance the interdisciplinary field of visual literacy studies toward new areas of research and inquiry.

Michael Heitkemper-Yates

Part 1 Visual Literacy in the Curriculum

Visual Literacy as a Means to Facilitate Conscious Choice in Learning
Victoria Door

Multimodal Literacy as a Metacognitive Theme across the Curriculum
Rick Instrell

Learning Ways of Seeing: The Position of the Visual in the Secondary Curriculum
Catherine Reid

Mimesis and Play: Generating Creativity in Visual Art Education through Pictorial Mind Mapping
Justina Groeber

Walking on the Dark Side: Images, Techniques and Themes in Student Short Films
Diane Charleson

Part 2 Interpreting the Rhetoric of the Image

Seeing the World: The Visual Rhetoric of Online Representations of Global-Ness
Tracey Bowen

Thinking about Diagrams: A General Diagrammatic Literacy
Brad Jackel

A Visual Interpretation of Dialogism
Soheil Ashrafi

Communicating Health Information to Patients: A Collaborative Visual Communication Design Approach
Belinda Paulovich

Part 3 The Poetics of the Visual

Irregular Illuminations: Distortions of Meaning and Metaphor in the Collage Narratives of Donald Barthelme
Michael Heitkemper-Yates

Interweaving Methodologies: New Approaches to Visual Literacy in Medieval Manuscript Reception
Anna Dow

Powered Words: Making Poetry with Words in a World of Images
Diogo Marques

Unlocking Visual Texts: Investigating Multimodal Trends
Joanne Cassar and George Cremona

Part 4 (Con)Textualizing the Visual in Time and Place

Greek Vases, Iberian Places: Visual Literacy and Interpretation in Hispania
Dena Gilby

The Silence of Gardens: Designed Landscape as a Sign and a Stimulus at the Beginning of the 21st Century
Katarzyna Kaczmarczyk

Affect Transmission through Mechanical Artworks
Stelios Manganis

Painting Costumes, Animating Characters: Rediscovering the Hand-Painted Costumes of Liza Zaimi for the Athens Experimental Ballet
Sofia Pantouvaki

Part 5 Reading the Visual Image

Reframing the Authentic: Photography, Mobile Technologies and the Visual Language of Digital Imperfection
Lisa Chandler and Debra Livingston

‘Marriage is not a Natural State’: Love, Truth, Fiction and the Photographic Image
Linda Renz

Open-end Image Retrieval System via Cultural Resources
Momoko Hayashi and Kiyofumi Motoyama

Gendered Othering in the Plastic Arts: Delacroix’s ‘Femmes d’Alger’ and La Tour’s ‘Magdalene of Two Flames’
Touria Nakkouch

Michael Heitkemper-Yates is an Associate Professor of British and American literature at the Graduate School of Humanities, Kobe University, Japan. His research interests include metafiction, philosophical and literary forms of irony, and the narrative structures of parody. He has published widely in the areas of postmodern parody and metafiction, and is currently working on a comprehensive study of 20th century American metafictional practice. His presentation at the VL-6 conference engaged with the ironic metaphorical forms at play in a selection of collage narratives by Donald Barthelme.

Katarzyna Kaczmarczyk is a PhD Candidate at the University of Warsaw. Her research interests include narrative in gardens, neuroaesthetics and neurosemiotics (especially their applications within the context of landscape studies). Her PhD dissertation concerns the topic of 18th century landscape gardens and the changing experiential notions and psychological dimensions involved in their appreciation and preservation.