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Mikkonen, Kai: "Presenting Minds in Graphic Narratives." In: Partial Answers 6 (2008), S. 301–321. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1353/pan.0.0022
BibTeX citation key: Mikkonen2008
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Categories: General
Keywords: Intermedialität, Kognition, Narratologie
Creators: Mikkonen
Collection: Partial Answers
The paper deals with the presentation of minds in the mixed media environment of graphic narratives, inspired by the notion of narrative experientiality as it is defined in recent narratology. Focusing specifically on three interrelated medium-specific issues, it examines the way graphic narratives can also be said to stimulate the viewer's engagement with the minds of characters and narrators: the mimetic aspect of the graphic image; the problem of the narrative agent; and the interaction between visual focalization, verbal focalization and verbal narration. Graphic narratives pose a challenge to common narratological analytical categories concerning narratorial authority, enunciation and control in that they display diverse and shifting relationships between verbal narration and visual presentations. The analysis of the graphic means of thought and mind presentation aims to illuminate some of the challenges that narrative theory meets in its transmedial extension. The main examples include first-person autobiographical narratives as well as third-person historical fiction that uses various focalizers and “behaviorist” graphic narratives that are structured around dialogue and action.
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