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East-Asian philosophical concepts as analytical framework for interpreting non-western images in children’s picturebooks


Huynh, T and Thomas, A and To, V, East-Asian philosophical concepts as analytical framework for interpreting non-western images in children's picturebooks, 1st International Systemic Functional Linguistics Interest Group (SFLIG) Webinar series, 12 November 2020, Launceston, Tasmania (2020) [Conference Extract]

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In contemporary Western cultures, picturebooks are a mainstream means for young children to first attend to print and start learning to read. Also, the use of children’s picturebooks has been reported as supporting intercultural awareness in children. Multiliteracies researchers suggest that other theoretical frameworks should be applied in addition to the semiotic approach of interpreting picturebooks, especially picturebooks from non-Western cultures. This calls for new ways of understanding how Eastern images make meaning. This chapter aims to theorize how Eastern philosophical concepts influence the meaning-making potential of illustrations in Eastern picturebooks. To do this, the authors first discuss the cultural constraints when applying a contemporary semiotic framework in analyzing non-Western images. Then, the authors introduce a framework developed based on philosophical concepts that have influenced East-Asian art forms, particularly that of painting, to understand the Eastern artistic traditions. After that, this chapter demonstrates how to apply this framework for interpretation of non-Western images to working with multicultural picturebooks.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Vietnamese Literature, English Education, Asian Literacy, Asian Literature, Cultural studies, multimodality
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Asian cultural studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Huynh, T (Mr Ngoc Tai Huynh)
UTAS Author:Thomas, A (Dr Angela Thomas)
UTAS Author:To, V (Dr Vinh To)
ID Code:143500
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-03-20
Last Modified:2021-03-22

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