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1st Edition

Multimodality and Aesthetics

ISBN 9781138103511
Published September 18, 2018 by Routledge
360 Pages 83 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume explores the relationship between aesthetics and traditional multimodal communication to show how all semiotic resources, not just those situated within fine arts, have an aesthetic function. Bringing together contributions from an interdisciplinary group of researchers, the book meditates on the role of aesthetics in a broader range of semiotic resources, including urban spaces, blogs, digital scrapbooks, children’s literature, music, and online learning environments. The result is a comprehensive collection of new perspectives on how communication and aesthetics enrich and complement one another when meaning is made with semiotic resources, making this key reading for students and scholars in multimodality, fine arts, education studies, and visual culture.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Elise Seip Tønnessen and Frida Forsgren

Part I.

2. Multimodality, style and the aesthetic: the case of the digital werewolf

Andrew Burn and Gunther Kress

3. A phenomenological approach to multimodality and aesthetic experiences

Thomas Illum Hansen

Part III.

4. Memoria of a national trauma

Eva Maagerø and Aslaug Veum

5. Reconstruction of Chilean memories in the national stadium of Chile: a multimodal critical discourse analysis of a centre of detention and torture

Patricia Baeza Duffy

6. Shaping the social through the Aesthetics of public places: the renovation of Leeds Kirkgate Market

Elisabetta Adami


Part III.

7. A multimodal analysis of aesthetics in Brazilian school textbooks

Clarice Lage Gualberto and Sônia Maria de Oliveira Pimenta

8. Aesthetic experience through students’ production of digital books

Hege Emma Rimmereide, Jon Hoem and Sarah Hoem Iversen

9. Digital Argumentation Aesthetics

Jon Hoem and Ture Schwebs

10. Visualizing norms of science in early school years: visual aesthetics and content formation in students’ multimodal compositions

Elin Westlund

11. The aesthetic potential of vocal sound in online learning situations

Johnny Wingstedt


Part IV.

12. The templatized aesthetics of Wix: a social semiotic technology approach to web design

Gunhild Kvåle & Søren Vigild Poulsen

13. Digital Scrapbooks, everyday aesthetics and the curatorial self: social photography in female visual blogging

Sumin Zhao and Michele Zappavigna

14. Multimodality, moving images and aesthetics

Øystein Gilje

15. Filtered aesthetics: a study of Instagram’s photo filters from the perspective of semiotic technology 

Søren Vigild Poulsen 

Part V.

16. Sensory experience and a subjective reading position
in The Lost Thing
Kristin Ørjasæter

17. Tears in heaven: Eric Clapton coping with loss through music and words

Bjarne Markussen

18. Multimodal aesthetics and gender in Beck's Song Reader

Kate Maxwell and Lilli Mittner

19. Intermodal contrast in film: looking for the aesthetics of intermodal relations

Martin Siefkes

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Elise Seip Tønnessen is Professor in the Department of Nordic and Media Studies at the University of Agder, Norway.

Frida Forsgren is Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Translation Studies at the University of Agder, Norway.