“How Emotional Do I Make It?”: Making a Stance in Multimodal Compositions

Jennifer Rowsell*

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For literacy educators, there is a need to understand students’ pathways into composition and mediate contemporary, multimodal compositional pathways with more academic ones. In an effort to mediate between middle and high school students’ schooling and curricular demands and their everyday interests and investments in media and communicational systems, the author offers educators a way to frame composition that attends to the potential and affordances of multiple modes of expression and representation. Combining affect theory with Arendt's writings on thinking and embodiment, the author presents a research study with adolescents who made stances in selfies, self-portraits, and written artist statements that are indicative of new rhetorical and compositional practices. Stance, as a construct in modern compositions, represents the ways that young people interface with ideas and experiences within the world that materialize in and animate their designs. Stance provides young people with a space to tell the stories they want to tell through media and mediums of their choosing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-637
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
Issue number6
Early online date10 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020

Structured keywords

  • SoE Centre for Knowledge, Culture, and Society


  • 4-Adolescence
  • Affective influences ' Motivation/engagement
  • Audience ' Writing
  • Digital/media literacies
  • Ethnography ' Research methodology
  • Identity
  • Popular culture ' Digital/media literacies
  • Writing
  • Writing process ' Writing


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