The paper discusses the use and different textual functions of images and photographs in some contemporary novels: The mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, by Umberto Eco; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer; Austerliz by W.G. Sebald; The Lost. A search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelshon. In each case different relations are established between visual and verbal textual components, from a purely illustrative function of linguistic narration, to the creation of a new ‘third system’, a multimodal system of expression composed of both linguistic and visual material. In particular, the use of images seems to play a special function in relation to memory and evocation of the past, both at an autobiographic level and at the level of cultural, collective histories.

Images as Testimony: Use of Photographs in Literary Reconstruction of Cultural Memory

VIOLI, MARIA PATRIZIA
2009

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The paper discusses the use and different textual functions of images and photographs in some contemporary novels: The mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, by Umberto Eco; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer; Austerliz by W.G. Sebald; The Lost. A search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelshon. In each case different relations are established between visual and verbal textual components, from a purely illustrative function of linguistic narration, to the creation of a new ‘third system’, a multimodal system of expression composed of both linguistic and visual material. In particular, the use of images seems to play a special function in relation to memory and evocation of the past, both at an autobiographic level and at the level of cultural, collective histories.
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