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Professor Gunther Kress

Gunther Kress is Professor of Semiotics and Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. His interests are in meaning-making and communication in contemporary environments; with an interest in developing a social semiotic theory of multimodal communication.  He has a specific interest in the different modes of communication – writing, image, speech, music – and their effects on forms of learning and knowing.

Selected publications:

Bezemer, J., Murtagh, G., Cope, A., Kress, G. and Kneebone, R. (2011). “Scissors, Please” The Practical Accomplishment of Surgical Work in the Operating Theatre. Symbolic Interaction 34, 3, 398-414.

Bezemer, J., Cope, A., Kress, G. and Kneebone, R. (2011). “Do You Have Another Johan?” Negotiating Meaning in the Operating Theatre. Applied Linguistics Review 2, 313-334.

Jewitt, C., J. Bezemer & G. Kress (2011). Annotation in School English: A social semiotic historical account. National Society for the Study of Education, 110, 1, 129-152.

Bezemer, J. and Kress, G. (2010). Changing Text: A Social Semiotic Analysis of Textbooks. Designs for Learning 3 (1-2), 10-29.

Jewitt, C., J. Bezemer, K. Jones & G. Kress (2009). Changing English? The Impact of Technology and Policy on a School Subject in the 21st Century. English Teaching: Practice and Critique 8, 3, 8-20. (see post)

Bezemer, J. & G. Kress (2009). Visualizing English: A Social Semiotic History of a School Subject. Visual Communication 8, 247-262. Special Issue on Information Environments.

Kress, G.R. (2003). Literacy in the new media age. London: Routledge Falmer.

Jewitt, C. and G.R. Kress (eds) (2003). Multimodal Literacie. New York: Peter Lang

Kress, G.R. and Van Leeuwen, T. (2002). Multimodal Discourse: the modes and media of contemporary communication. London: Edward Arnold.

Kress, G.R. and van Leeuwen, T. (1996). Reading Images: the grammar of graphic design. London: Routledge.

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