Quilts of authorship: A literature review of multimodal assemblage in the field of literacy education

Kari-Lynn Winters


This literature review and narrative vignette draw on Social Symbolic Mediation, Social Semiotics, and Discursive Positioning theories to explore a theoretical model I call Authorship as Assemblage. Specifically, this paper challenges linear pathways to meaning-making by comparing authorship to quilt-making. Quilts afford unique arrangements of assemblage, including the capacity to embed, layer, interweave, and hybridize material. Here, I argue educators need to re-evaluate linear notions of literacy paths in today’s participatory culture.


"Authorship as Assemblage"; multimodal authorship; social semiotics; discursive positioning

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