Semiotic Resources in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: The Narrative Power of the Visual in Multimodal Fiction

  • Mariana Mussetta Universidad Nacional de Villa María


Multimodal fiction, as recently studied by Hallet (2009), Gibbons (2012), and Maziarczyk (2011; 2012), among others, is the phenomenon shared by those novels which combine various semiotic modes in the development of the narrative. The purpose of the present work is to account for the most salient semiotic resources used in the multimodal novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (2004). In view of the work which still needs to be done in the field, and the increasing profusion and diversity of multimodal literary forms in recent years, this study aims at throwing new light upon the diverse and significant ways in which the strategic inclusion of various semiotic resources operates in fiction.



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MUSSETTA, Mariana. Semiotic Resources in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: The Narrative Power of the Visual in Multimodal Fiction. MATLIT: Materialities of Literature, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. 99-117, nov. 2014. ISSN 2182-8830. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 feb. 2019. doi:
Secção Temática | Thematic Section


Multimodal Fiction; Semiotic Resources; Graphic surface; Navigational Function; Metadiscursive Devices; Performative Function