Extending the discussion of critical content analysis to the visual realm of picturebooks and graphic novels, this book provides a clear research methodology for understanding and analyzing visual imagery. Offering strategies for "reading" illustrations in global and multicultural literature, chapter authors explore and bring together critical theory and social semiotics while demonstrating how visual analysis can be used to uncover and analyze power, ideologies, inequity, and resistance in picturebooks and graphic novels. This volume covers a diverse range of texts and types of books and offers tools and procedures for interpreting visual images to enhance the understandings of researchers, teachers, and students as they engage with the visual culture that fills our world. These methods are significant not only to becoming a critical reader of literature but to also becoming a critical reader of visual images in everyday life.

part I|2 pages

Research Methodology and Analytical Tools

chapter 1|20 pages

Critical Content Analysis of Visual Images

ByKathy G. Short

chapter 2|16 pages

Image Analysis Using Systemic-Functional Semiotics

ByClare Painter

part II|2 pages

Visual Images in Counter-Narratives

chapter 3|18 pages

Drawing Humanity

How Picturebook Illustrations Counter Antiblackness
ByDesiree Cueto, Wanda M. Brooks

chapter 4|18 pages

Examining the Visual in Latinx Immigrant Journey Picturebooks

ByJanine M. Schall, Julia López-Robertson, Jeanne G. Fain

chapter 5|18 pages

A Visual Analysis through the Eyes of an Apache

ByAngeline P. Hoffman

chapter 6|14 pages

Developing Agency and Socialization through Interpretive Play

ByJanelle Mathis

part III|2 pages

Visual Images and Positioning

chapter 7|25 pages

The Power of a Gaze

Inviting Entrée into the World of a Picturebook while Positioning a Lived Reality
ByHolly Johnson

chapter 8|16 pages

De(MIST)ifying Depression

Dark Clouds and the Construction of Disability
ByDesiree Cueto, Susan Corapi, Megan McCaffrey

chapter 9|19 pages

Grandma and the Great Gourd

A Comparison of Images in an App and a Picturebook
ByDeanna Day

part IV|2 pages

Visual Images and Ideologies

chapter 10|17 pages

Holy Molé! and the Reproduction of a Colonialist Perspective

ByCarmen M. Martínez-Roldán, Denise Dávila

chapter 11|18 pages

Postwar Images

Japanese Ideologies of National Identity in Picturebooks
ByJunko Sakoi, Yoo Kyung Sung

chapter 12|19 pages

Immigrant Memoirs as Reflections of Time and Place

Middle Eastern Conflict in Graphic Novels
BySeemi Aziz

chapter 13|18 pages

The De-queering of Heather Has Two Mommies

ByMary L. Fahrenbruck, Tabitha Parry Collins

chapter 14|20 pages

A Picturebook as a Cultural Artifact

The Influence of Embedded Ideologies
ByHee Young Kim, Kathy G. Short

part V|2 pages

Final Reflections

chapter 15|10 pages

Extending a Critical Lens into Our Classrooms

ByKathy G. Short