This series is the home for high quality monographs and edited collections in Literacy Studies. We publish books by leading-edge researchers engaged in international dialogues on a broad range of topics. Many of our volumes are by leaders in the field of Literacy Studies; others are by relatively new scholars. Please contact the editors if you would like to discuss your idea prior to submitting a proposal.
Please send ideas/proposals to Uta Papen ([email protected]), Professor of Literacy Studies, Julia Gillen ([email protected]), Professor of Literacy Studies, and Alice Salt ([email protected]), Routledge Commissioning Editor.
The Edwardian Picture Postcard as a Communications Revolution A Literacy Studies Perspective
Constructions of Illiteracy in Twentieth-Century Ireland Contesting the Narrative of Full Literacy
The Impacts of Language and Literacy Policy on Teaching Practices in Ghana Postcolonial Perspectives on Early Literacy and Instruction
By Julia Gillen
July 13, 2023
This monograph offers a novel investigation of the Edwardian picture postcard as an innovative form of multimodal communication, revealing much about the creativity, concerns and lives of those who used postcards as an almost instantaneous form of communication. In the early twentieth century, the ...
By Maighréad Tobin
December 23, 2022
Constructions of Illiteracy in Twentieth-Century Ireland: Contesting the Narrative of Full Literacy offers new insights into literacy and illiteracy in the context of twentieth-century Ireland. Through a close analysis of archived documentation from educational, military, and parliamentary sources,...
By Philomena Osseo-Asare
September 26, 2022
This text critically examines changes in Ghanaian language and literacy policy following independence in 1957 to consider its impacts on early literacy teaching. By adopting a postcolonial theoretical perspective, the text interrogates the logic behind policy changes which have prioritised English...
By Lauren Alex O'Hagan
September 26, 2022
This innovative text draws on theories and methodologies from the fields of multimodality, ethnography, and literacy studies to explore the sociocultural significance of book ownership and book inscriptions in Edwardian Britain. The Sociocultural Functions of Edwardian Book Inscriptions examines ...
By Jamie D. I. Duncan
August 01, 2022
By focusing on the textually mediated reactions of local residents, social movements, and media producers to policy changes implemented in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, this book studies the development of literacy as a tool to mobilize, perform, and disseminate protest. Researching Protest ...
By Lucy Henning
October 24, 2019
This volume demonstrates how the ethnographic approach to research demanded by a ‘Literacy as Social Practice’ perspective can generate fresh insights into what happens when young children engage with schooled literacy tasks. Researching Early Childhood Literacy in the Classroom argues that the ...
By Ibrar Bhatt
June 04, 2019
Approaching academic assignments as practical controversies, this book offers a novel approach to the study of digital literacy. Through in-depth accounts of assignment writing in college classrooms, Bhatt examines ways of understanding how students engage with digital media in curricular ...
By Ellen Vea Rosnes
November 29, 2018
Offering an original historical perspective on literacy work in Africa, this book examines the role of the Norwegian Lutheran mission in Madagascar and sheds light on the motivations that drove colonizing powers’ literacy work. Focusing on both colonial and independent Madagascar, Rosnes examines ...
By Maureen Kendrick
November 17, 2017
Over the past three decades, our conceptualizations of literacy and what it means to be literate have expanded to include recognition that there is a qualitative difference in how we communicate through modalities such as the visual, audio, spatial, and linguistic and that different modes are ...
By Amy Petersen Jensen, Roni Jo Draper
May 18, 2017
In a struggling global economy, education is focused on core subjects such as language arts and mathematics, and the development of technological and career-readiness skills. Arts education has not been a central focus of education reform movements in the United States, and none of the current ...
By Patrick Thomas, Pamela Takayoshi
May 18, 2017
The rise of New Literacy Studies and the shift from studying reading and writing as a technical process to examining situated literacies—what people do with literacy in particular social situations—has focused attention toward understanding the connections between reading and writing practices and ...
By David Peplow, Joan Swann, Paola Trimarco, Sara Whiteley
May 18, 2017
Of interest in their own terms as a significant cultural practice, reading groups also provide a window on the everyday interpretation of literary texts. While reading is often considered a solitary process, reading groups constitute a form of social reading, where interpretations are produced and ...