Stereotypes and narratives in image reading
Palavras-chave:image reading, Luiz Braga, photography
This paper discusses how students of two graduate courses (Language and Visual Arts) in a Brazilian public university use narratological elements to read unconventional images. In order to do that, the study interviewed 40 students from different reading traditions (verbal and visual) and showed them non-conventional images that can emphasize how reading traditions impact in reading practices and production of meaning. To track this, we offered six representative photographs of Luiz Braga’s experimental process (Herkenhof, 2005) to students (deprived of contextualized information) and asked them about what they saw and how did read. The results show that students elaborate narratological elements or project values as stereotypes and prejudices when they have faceddinformation gaps led by the absence of contextual information about time, space and technique employed by Braga.