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

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-606
Journal / PublicationSemiotica
Issue number207
Online published17 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015


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.

Research Area(s)

  • Diegesis, Metafunctions, Multimodal continuum, Multimodal narrative, Serialized manga, Systemic-functional theory

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