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Low, David: "“Spaces Invested with Content”. Crossing the ‘Gaps’ in Comics with Readers in Schools." In: Children’s Literature in Education (2012). 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1007/s10583-012-9172-5
BibTeX citation key: Low2012a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Didaktik und Pädagogik, Semiotik
Creators: Low
Collection: Children’s Literature in Education
Abstract
In recent years, reading scholars have increasingly attended to children’s responses to picturebook page breaks, reasoning that the inferences young readers make during the turning of the page are central to understanding how children construct continuous narratives in semiotically rich texts. In this paper I argue that comics (including comic books and graphic novels) offer similar gap-filling affordances as picturebooks, but for older children and adolescent readers. A major site of meaning-making in comics is the “gutter” between panels. This is where much of the magic occurs for readers while transacting with the medium. Since the comics medium is popular with many students and has received increased attention from teachers, researchers, and curriculum developers during the multimodal and multiliterate turns of the past decades, I argue that it is vital for educators not only to use comics in their classrooms, but to focus explicitly on gutters in order to exercise the medium’s full potential. Pulling from numerous sources, I provide several pedagogical activities that emphasize gutters as rich sites of constructing meaning.
  
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