Materiality and Mediality of Textbooks

  • Felicitas Macgilchrist


This chapter sketches recent research on the mediality and materiality of school textbooks. Drawing on cultural studies, media theory and socio-material analysis, it suggests that textbooks can be seen as material elements within larger assemblages. An increasing interest in the ‘mediality’ of textbooks refers to a shift in focus from the content and information presented in media such as textbooks to the ‘how’ of their mediation, that is, to the ways in which words, images and materiality are choreographed into ways of engaging with these media. The chapter describes three methodological and theoretical approaches to mediality: (1) the linguistic dimension, (2) the multimodal dimension, and (3) the material dimension. It also points to areas for further research, focusing on interdisciplinary dialogue, non-coherence and digital (im)materiality.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Felicitas Macgilchrist
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  1. 1.University of GoettingenGoettingenGermany
  2. 2.Georg-Eckert-Institute - Leibniz-Institute for International Textbook ResearchBraunschweigGermany

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