Multiliteracies in ELA Classrooms

A “Graphic” Novel: Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes

July 4th, 2014 · No Comments

American author Jonathan Safran Foer recently published his own interpretation of one his favourite novels. He took The Street of Crocodiles (originally written in Polish, translated into English) by Bruno Schulz  and completely gutted it by die-cutting out the majority of the text. It is basically impossible to read but it is visually stunning and shows us how we can adapt the written text into an interactive art piece.

It is not graphic in the standard sense but it is still visually arresting for the reader/viewer.

There is a especially fascinating video (the bottom video) showing the production of the work, something we take for granted or do not always consider.

Take a closer look at this fascinating piece of work:

-George Frankson

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