Ayelet Kohn

Ayelet Kohn
David Yellin College · Department of Communication

PhD

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Publications (45)
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This paper sets to show how a multimodal depiction of a trip to a foreign country is used to spin an existential fable adapted to our times. Our case study is the graphic novel In the Water (Ba-Mayim in Hebrew) by the Israeli poet Tehila Hakimi and the illustrator Liron Cohen, published in 2016. The novel turns upside down our expectations from suc...
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Multimodality theories are based on the assumption that the process of meaning making does not operate in isolation, but usually integrates various modalities. While visual, aural, and spatial modalities are dealt with extensively, the theoretical framework of multimodality tends to overlook silence as a modality of its own. Yet, seminal studies es...
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In this paper, we study Rutu Modan's graphic novel, The Property (Ha-Nekhes in Hebrew), as a work which engages in a double exploration. First, we show how the story of Mica and her grandmother, who travel to Poland to reclaim a property lost in the Holocaust, is used by Modan to reflect on her medium and the artistic means it offers such as colour...
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This paper examines the contribution of multimodal strategies in challenging aspects of public discourse about people with disabilities. It looks into media texts that were created by people with disabilities, in which the topic of disability is not a metaphor or a narrative prosthesis, but a demand for recognition and a call for a sincere dialogue...
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This article links, and elaborates on, several concepts related to translation and Translation Studies through the analysis of plurisemiotic artworks, integrating images and words. Translation Studies also provides the framework for analysing the various modes in which these works are received by the audience and artistic establishment. The main co...
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In preparation for the April 2019 Knesset elections, the "New Right" party, led by Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, integrated in its campaign a series of TV ads based on media genres not necessarily affiliated with political propaganda, under the slogan "Shaked will win the Supreme Court, Bennett will beat Hamas". These videos caused a stir all...
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This paper deals with objects that serve as props in political speeches, and examines their role as carriers of symbolic meaning that is constructed during a performance enacted in a political space. It focuses on the use of such objects as rhetorical arguments in three speeches by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “the bomb speech,” “the...
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This article deals with the adaptation of a written text – the diary of 13-year-old Éva Heyman who died in the Holocaust – into a series of Instagram stories, joined to create a 50-minute film. We employ translation studies and the concept of ‘indirect translation’ to investigate this unique case in which a genre characterized by its ephemerality i...
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Israel’s April 2019 elections witnessed the use of unprecedented tactics by some politicians seeking to promote their political agenda. This study focuses on one of the most remarkable examples of these radical campaign ploys, the controversial TV ad released by the New Right party in which Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s Minister of Justice at the time, a...
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This paper applies the concept of retranslation within the context of cultural translation. The revised conceptualisation of retranslation is used as a point of departure for examining the representations of Yohanan (Hans) Simon’s evolving biography. Simon, an Israeli artist, translated and retranslated himself, metaphorically, both as an individua...
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Asaf Hanuka’s autobiographical comic strips collected into one album, The Realist, chronicle everyday episodes in the life of a young Israeli family. The silent nature of many of the panels brings forth the gap between the idea and the praxis. We investigate silence in relation to both genre and Israeliness in order to examine what silence promotes...
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Self-representations of people with disabilities in the media
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This paper examines graphic novels through the prism of translation and adaptation studies. Based on the similarity between the mechanisms of interlingual translation and adaptation, or intermedial translation, we discuss the applicability of the concept of ‘collaborative self-translation’ to a case study in which the author and the illustrator fun...
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This paper deals with illustrations created as sequels to a children’s book. The visual analysis is conducted in the framework of translation and adaptation studies and attempts to find a place for sequels in this framework. It has been claimed that sequels cannot be grouped together with translations and adaptations because there is a difference b...
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This article deals with Kovner’s graphic narrative Ezekiel’s World (2015) as a case of remediation and hypermediacy. The term ‘remediation’ refers to adaptations which involve the transformation of the original work into another medium. While some adaptations strive to eliminate the marks of the previous medium, others highlight the interplay betwe...
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This article deals with the multimodal components of televised situations that the author calls ‘iconic’ and that revolve around a dramatic announcement or declaration delivered on camera as part of a television broadcast. She argues that, in contemporary visual culture, iconic still photographs are gradually being replaced by iconic televised situ...
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The new dialogic, conversational nature of television broadcast news (Hamo, 2009) poses a challenge to traditional commentators, who are forced to move from an authoritative monologue to a confrontational dialogue that requires additional flexibility and conversational skills. The paper focuses on an Israeli case study which presents a confrontatio...
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The article studies visual representations of the burgeoning nationalization of the Western Wall and Rachel’s Tomb during the late Ottoman period and until the establishment of the State of Israel. It focuses on representations such as photographs and illustrations meant for sale and distribution to the general public; on ritual objects; on artisan...
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Media technologies, such as telephones, often challenge stammers. Other media, especially applications such as SMS and social networks, enable stammers to express themselves fluently. This study looks into the multifaceted meanings of the encounter between stammers and new media, focusing on applications which enable speech through writing, and a S...
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The Israeli television series Mehubarot (Connected, 2009) follows five Israeli women who use their performance before the camera—through both visual and spoken texts—as a means of biographical representation which blends public and private aspects of their daily lives. This article examines the use of spoken language as a central tool for signaling...
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This article examines the methods through which the formal and emotional components, embedded in the photo sharing and social networking application Instagram, are utilized as a propaganda tool to cultivate solidarity with promoted agendas. The test case is Instagram photos posted on the official Web site of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The art...
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This article examines three narrative formats which Israeli journalists use to describe their tours in Palestinian refugee camps. The article aims to suggest possibilities for reporting patterns, carefully framing a sense of urgency, which attempt to form a right measure of proximity and distance from the sufferers which might motivate audiences in...
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This study examines the complex national messages conveyed, both verbally and visually, in Zionist commercial advertisement posters produced in the Yishuv during the 1930s and 1940s. It focuses on posters promoting tourism and vacationing in Palestine, representing the growing perception of the country as an attractive destination for modern touris...
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This paper examines the ways through which the aesthetic mechanism of Instagram, a social network application designed for media sharing, is used as an emotive tool in institutional propaganda. My case study is Instagram photographs which were uploaded to the official Instagram site of Israeli Defense Force between 2012-2013. I also examined random...
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The paper focuses on graffiti which was created by The Gaza Strip settlers during the Israeli withdrawal (August 2005), while being fully aware of the predetermined demolition of the houses by the Israeli army. The graffiti served two functions: One, concrete and short-termed, was meant for the eyes of the soldiers and the media, and was constructe...
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Official ‘travel warnings’ are recurrently published by the Counter-Terrorism Bureau in Israeli media, with the aim of informing potential tourists about the dangers of terrorism aimed at Israelis who travel abroad. These travel warnings, which juxtapose menacing warnings with tranquil visual representations of touristic vacationscapes, have recent...
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Israeli painter and art critic Michael Sgan-Cohen’s triptych. “Untitled” (1978), painted on three of Ha’Aretz (Hebrew: “The Land”) daily newspaper front pages in their almost blank strike format, exploits and usurps the blank space, both literal and symbolic, left by the journalists. From the standpoint of art. he proffers an utterance connecting a...
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This article discusses advertisement postcards that are distributed, free of charge, at special stands in public places. In addition to their primary function (they are rarely used, thus defining them as almost `non-post' cards), the postcards serve those who take them as a collector's item, a conversation piece, a sign of belonging to a particular...
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This article examines three narrative formats which Israeli journalists use to describe their tours in Palestinian refugee camps. The article aims to suggest possibilities for reporting patterns, carefully framing a sense of urgency, which attempt to form a right measure of proximity and distance from the sufferers which might motivate audiences in...

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