Embodied Signs: Expanding Representations Through and with Bodies

  • Beth Lewis Samuelson
  • Karen E. Wohlwend


We argue that a semiotic perspective is urgently needed to understand how embodiment blurs binaries such as language and action or text and context through representations of bodies and representations with bodies. Although the study of embodiment has long been present in semiotics, we consider emerging research in literacy studies that reconceptualizes the intersection of body, meanings, and representation. The embodiment of meaning through representations of the body and representations through the body is often just a potentiality or a possibility, a data source that is available for selection, whereas we see it as central to the field.


Semiotic embodiment Literacy and play Transnational semiosis 


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  1. 1.Indiana University BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA

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