1st Edition

Mapping Multimodal Performance Studies

    212 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is a first attempt to map the broad context of performance studies from a multimodal perspective. It collects original research on traditional performing arts (theatre, dance, opera), live (durational performance) and mediated/recorded performances (films, television shows), as well as performative discursive practices on social media by adopting several theories and methodologies all dealing with the notion of multimodality. As a mostly dynamic and also interactive environment for various text types and genres, the context of performance studies provides many opportunities to produce meaning verbally and non-verbally. All chapters in this book develop frameworks for the analysis of performance-related events and activities and explore empirical case studies in a range of different ages and cultures. A further focus lies on the communicative strategies deployed by different communities of practice, taking into account processes of production, distribution, and consumption of such texts in diverse spatial and temporal contexts.

    1 Mapping Multimodal Performance Studies: An Introduction
    Maria Grazia Sindoni, Janina Wildfeuer, and Kay L. O’Halloran

    2 Multimodal Semiotics of Theatrical Performances

    Sabine Tan, Peter Wignell, and Kay L. O’Halloran

    3 Making Meaning Through Movement: A Functional Grammar of Dance Movement
    Arianna Maiorani

    4 The Phantoms of the Opera: Towards a Multi-Dimensional Interpretative Framework of Analysis
    Fabio Rossi and Maria Grazia Sindoni

    5 The Eyes Have It: ‘In the Gaze … Everything Happened’

    Maree Stenglin

    6 Interactive Cognitive Subsystems and Dance: Choreographic Creativity
    Rebecca Weber

    7 Film Space as Theatrical Performing Space: A Multimodal Discourse Approach to Transmedial Analysis

    Chiao-I Tseng

    8 Who’s afraid of Conchita Wurst? Drag Performers and the Construction of Multimodal Prosody

    Giuseppe Balirano

    9 From Text to Performance: Discourse Analytical Thoughts on New Forms of Performances in Social Media

    Janina Wildfeuer


    Maria Grazia Sindoni is Assistant Professor in English Linguistics and Translation at the University of Messina, Italy. She has published four books and several articles on systemic-functional linguistics, multimodality, critical discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, theories of semiosis of communication and computer-mediated interaction.

    Janina Wildfeuer is a Researcher at Bremen University, Germany, in the areas of multimodal film and (digital) media studies as well as linguistics, discourse analysis, and semiotics. Her recent publications include a monograph on Film Discourse Interpretation from 2014 as well as several edited collections on multimodality and film analysis.

    Kay L. O’Halloran is Professor in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University. Her main research area is multimodal analysis, with a focus on digital and mixed methods approaches, mathematical and scientific discourse, and visual and multimodal literacy. She has established large interdisciplinary projects to develop interactive digital technologies and visualisation techniques.