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Volume 2015, Issue 207


To be continued: meaning-making in serialized manga as functional-multimodal narrative

Xiran Yang / Jonathan Webster
Published Online: 2015-07-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2015-0066


This paper discusses meaning-making in serialized adventure manga (Japanese comics) by examining its metafunctional organization. Manga, whose components cover a multimodal cline from graphics to verbals, is seen as a multimodal narrative whose features are mapped onto the different metafunctions: time – experiential, with diegetic time lapse defining the start point to construe experience; cause-effect – logical, with relative positioning of components reflecting logical relations diegetically; space – compositional, with diegetic and extradiegetic spaces contributing to the coherence and cohesion of the story. The overarching interpersonal aspect of manga makes it a medium of exchange between the author and the reader and encourages the reader to actively decode idiosyncratic meanings.

Keywords: serialized manga; systemic-functional theory; multimodal narrative; metafunctions; multimodal continuum; diegesis


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Published Online: 2015-07-17

Published in Print: 2015-10-01

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2015, Issue 207, Pages 583–606, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2015-0066.

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