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ERIC Number: EJ1021999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Writing as Embodied, College Football Plays as Embodied: Extracurricular Multimodal Composing
Rifenburg, J. Michael
Composition Forum, v29 Spr 2014
Recent explorations position multimodality as a largely curricular practice wherein the body typically is not figured as a potential mode of meaning making. Such a projection not only fails to acknowledge extracurricular uses of such a rhetoric but also fails to acknowledge the role of the body in and especially for composing. In hopes of countering this limited yet common understanding of multimodality, I consider an Auburn University 2004 defensive football play and sketch a picture of how embodied multimodality figures heavily in the literate activity surrounding college football. I end with a brief word on how Gunther Kress's theory of multimodality encompassing the material and the bodily--two important concepts at play when examining football as literate activity--informs classroom practice through paving the way for embodied multimodal pedagogies. Ultimately, I hold that an analysis of extracurricular embodied multimodality in college football invites student-athletes to hone a beneficial form of second-nature embodied rhetoric absent in curricular multimodality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama
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