Visual narratives and visual mediation in triadic relationships

[Speaker] Yamada, Yoko:1
1:Ritsumeikan University (Japan)

Narrative psychology seems to have the assumptions underlying Western philosophy, which privileges concepts such as a dialogical self-other relationship, the structure of language, and a linear perspective on time. I propose a "visual turn" in narrative theory that offers a new approach to qualitative research. A dialogical relationship can consist of opposite selves and can divide between self and other. My visual narrative model is based on a triadic relationship that incorporates a visual mediator along with self and other. In this model, self and other are positioned side by side, pay their joint attention to the same visual mediator, can share coexistent selves, and they can construct we-selves. Visual narratives are more effective than linguistic ones for communicating images and feelings in diverse and multicultural contexts. Visual narratives can overcome the limits inherent in linear concepts of time and notions of fixed sequences of past, present, and future.
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