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Historicizing Multimodality

Title: Historicizing Multimodality: Medieval Meaning-Making in the Old English Illustrated Hexateuch.
Name(s): Bearden, Logan, author
Fleckenstein, Kristie S., professor directing thesis
Treharne, Elaine, committee member
Neal, Michael, committee member
Yancey, Kathleen Blake, committee member
Department of English, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This project seeks to complicate the ahistorical and binary-oriented treatment of multimodality in contemporary scholarship. I pose the questions: how does multimodality function within the Old English Illustrated Hexateuch, an illuminated manuscript from the eleventh century, and what enlarged picture of literacy might we gain from such an examination? The answer, my analysis uncovers, is twofold: 1) in the Hexateuch, we see that modes cannot be separated; and 2) the blurring of the semiotic boundaries between modes also blurs the boundary between the Hexateuch and its audience, constituting an embodied literacy. From this analysis, I offer that we nuance our understanding of multimodality from a recent phenomenon to the interplay of interpenetrating literacy tools that are always already working together in any composition. In so doing, we open ourselves up to a more capacious and historical understanding of multimodality and of literacy.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4712 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: June 11, 2012.
Keywords: frame, imageword, Kress, multimodality
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Kristie S. Fleckenstein, Professor Directing Thesis; Elaine Treharne, Committee Member; Michael Neal, Committee Member; Kathleen Blake Yancey, Committee Member.
Subject(s): English literature
America -- Literatures
Composition (Language arts)
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