Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Historicizing multimodality: Medieval meaning-making in the Old English Illustrated Hexateuch
by Bearden, Logan, M.A., The Florida State University, 2012, 87; 1519265
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fleckenstein, Kristie S.
Commitee: Neal, Michael, Treharne, Elaine, Yancey, Kathleen
School: The Florida State University
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 51/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Rhetoric
Keywords: Frame, Imageword, Kress, Multimodality
Publication Number: 1519265
ISBN: 9781267638700
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