Comics as Communication

A Functional Approach

  • Paul Fisher Davies

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels book series (PSCGN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
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    Pages 1-32
  3. Paul Fisher Davies
    Pages 63-95
  4. Paul Fisher Davies
    Pages 169-202
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    Pages 243-276
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    Pages 277-283
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 285-338

About this book


This book explores how comics function to make meanings in the manner of a language. It outlines a framework for describing the resources and practices of comics creation and readership, using an approach that is compatible with similar descriptions of linguistic and multimodal communication.

The approach is based largely on the work of Michael Halliday, drawing also on the pragmatics of Paul Grice, the Text World Theory of Paul Werth and Joanna Gavins, and ideas from art theory, psychology and narratology. This brings a broad Hallidayan framework of multimodal analysis to comics scholarship, and plays a part in extending that tradition of multimodal linguistics to graphic narrative.


Functional Linguistics Multimodality Graphic Narrative Comics Theory Visual Culture

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul Fisher Davies
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SussexBrightonUK

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