Revisioning history

A deconstructionist reading of a learner’s multimodal text, revenge

Zillasafarina Ja’afar, Noraini Md. Yusof, Noraini Ibrahim

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Abstract

Recent interest in multimodality recognizes the integration of text and image in meaning-making as representing reality. It has also been argued that with the use of digital communication, the meanings of visual and verbal data can be easily manipulated rendering them unreliable. As such, a close and critical reading of the text is required to discover what is hidden, absent, or inconsistent with it. In a deconstruction of a multimodal digital composition of a poem that involves revisioning of history, this paper privileges the absences of cultural and historical texts to signify socio-political issues. An eclectic use of theoretical concepts on meaning-making, especially those proposed by Kress and van Leeuwen, Foucault and Baudrillard, constructs the discussion of the analysis. The digital poem entitled ‘Revenge’ is deconstructed to further discover such absence in the text. The findings reveal that language and images are used by the learner as a source of power to negotiate the boundaries of identity. It has also been discovered that the message in rhetoric and visuals complement each other to support the process of meaning-making.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-73
Number of pages10
JournalAsian Social Science
Volume12
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016

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Keywords

  • Absence
  • Deconstruction
  • Multimodal digital poem
  • Reality
  • Revisioning history
  • Socio-political

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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Revisioning history : A deconstructionist reading of a learner’s multimodal text, revenge. / Ja’afar, Zillasafarina; Md. Yusof, Noraini; Ibrahim, Noraini.

In: Asian Social Science, Vol. 12, No. 8, 01.08.2016, p. 64-73.

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Ja’afar, Zillasafarina ; Md. Yusof, Noraini ; Ibrahim, Noraini. / Revisioning history : A deconstructionist reading of a learner’s multimodal text, revenge. In: Asian Social Science. 2016 ; Vol. 12, No. 8. pp. 64-73.
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