1st Edition

Multimodality and Aesthetics

Edited By Elise Seip Tønnessen, Frida Forsgren Copyright 2019
    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    360 Pages 83 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.