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ERIC Number: EJ1062045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
Graphic Disruptions: Comics, Disability and De-Canonizing Composition
Walters, Shannon
Composition Studies, v43 n1 p174-177 Spr 2015
The study of comics is an important part of the project of critiquing normative assumptions underlying multimodality and composition. Extending the efforts of the authors of "Multimodality in Motion"--which explains that "multimodality as it is commonly used implies an ableist understanding of the human composer" (Yergeau et al.), as well as re-examines a normalized understanding of "the rhetorical situation," and explores ways to intervene in the ableist underpinnings of multimodality--the author explores how multimodal comics can intervene in normalizing understandings of "the" rhetorical canons. Using examples from several comics that feature disability, the author shows how disability can productively disrupt normative expectations about the "typical" composition process. Marking these disruptions contributes to the project of destabilizing normative assumptions of composition and multimodal theories, while also revealing the generative possibilities that disability yields for multimodal composition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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