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

This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2016.

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.

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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.