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ERIC Number: EJ893527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Through Green Eyes: Complex Visual Culture and Post-Literacy
Dobrin, Sidney I.
Environmental Education Research, v16 n3-4 p265-278 2010
By way of reclamation of the metaphor "green," this paper contends that research regarding the relationships between children's literatures and cultures and environmental experience requires a reinvigorated consideration of the role of the visual. The heightened importance of visual texts is made evident via three primary, contemporary conditions of textual dissemination: hyper-circulation, shifts from page to screen as the dominant method of textual transmission, and increases in visuals as the primary mode of information conveyance. The conditions of textual distribution also call to question the status quo understanding of children's subject formation. This paper contends that by examining new media technologies in conjunction with methodologies borrowed from studies of complex ecology and systems theories, research might be able to better theorize how and why children's texts influence children's lived experiences with environments and place. Ultimately, this paper proposes not just that a greater attention to the visual rhetoric of children's texts is crucial, but that researchers also consider how current contexts encourage child subjects to produce texts as active agents within complex networks, not only interpret them. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Language: English
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