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Semiotica

Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

Editor-in-Chief: Danesi, Marcel

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Heterosemiosis: Mixing sign systems in graphic narrative texts

1Cardiff University

Citation Information: Semiotica. Volume 0, Issue 0, Pages 1–19, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: 10.1515/sem-2013-0094, August 2013

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Published Online:
2013-08-16

Abstract

This article introduces the notion of heterosemiosis to describe the overt juxtaposition of different sign systems in graphic narrative texts. Using Guibert et al.'s (2009) The Photographer as an example, I argue that heterosemiosis is typically signalled through the use of ellipsis, excess, and/or some form of metadiscourse. Heterosemiosis can be used to draw attention to the problematic nature of all representation, thereby disrupting the narrative power of the author(s)/narrator(s) and opening up the possibility of alternative meanings and story interpretations. I also explain why I prefer the new term heterosemiosis to the commonly used notion of “hybridity.”

Keywords: graphic narrative; heteroglossia; heterosemiosis; hybridity; photography; narrative power

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