Music, multiliteracies and multimodality: exploring the book and movie versions of Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing

Barton, Georgina and Unsworth, Len (2014) Music, multiliteracies and multimodality: exploring the book and movie versions of Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 37 (1). pp. 3-20. ISSN 1038-1562

Abstract

Well-known stories in established and contemporary literature for children are increasingly
becoming available in various moving image media versions as well as in traditional book formats.
Classroom exploration of the same story in different narrative formats has addressed the impact
on meaning-making of similarities and differences in language and image across versions. What
has received very little attention however, is the role of music in conjunction with image and
language in the construction of the potentially different interpretive possibilities of the multiple
versions of ostensibly the same story. This paper discusses the nature and role of music, images
and language in the book and movie versions of Shaun Tan’s story of The Lost Thing, drawing
attention to the role of music in highlighting key interpretive differences deriving from subtle
variation in the use of image and language in the two story versions. Implications for students’
multimodal text creation and interpretation in the context of the new Australian Curriculum:
English are briefly noted.


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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 00:32
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 00:32
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32569

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