ENCONTROS QUINZENAIS DE LINGUÍSTICA SISTÉMICO-FUNCIONAL  

 

Encontro 36º

   

03 de Abril de 2008, Quinta-feira, às 16:30 h.

 

EXPLORING THE REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN OF DIFFERENT CULTURES IN MULTIMODAL COVERS

 

María Martínez Lirola (University of Alicante, Spain)


We live in a society surrounded by texts where the visual dominates. Moreover, images reflect and influence the expression of social life, culture and the values of a community. The discourse of covers is multimodal by nature and emphasizes modes of communication that are not written. The visual mode is the most important in order to catch readers’ attention. In this article I analyse two covers of the magazine Antena Misionera in which a woman from a different culture is represented. I have selected these texts because, in general, images selected by the media represent certain attitudes of people towards immigrants. The selection of the covers is motivated by my interest on immigration, in other cultures and in the image of women represented in the press.  The different visual elements that are found in these covers provide a basis for describing the meanings embedded within the images of immigrant women and provide examples of the portrayal of a non-stereotypical view of this group of immigrants.

María Martínez Lirola holds a PhD in English Studies. Since October 2002, she has been working as Assistant professor at the University of Alicante in Spain. She lectures Grammar, English, Text Linguistics, and the PhD course: The Relationship between Language, Context and Text. An Introduction to Halliday’s Systemic Functional Grammar. From February until July 2005 she was working as a visiting scholar at Macquarie University (Sydney, Austalia). During February and March 2006, she was doing research on Alan Paton’ speeches in the Alan Paton Centre (University of Kwazulu-Natal), and on academic writing in the Department of Education of the same university.