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The Routledge Companion to English Studies

ISBN 9780415676182
Published March 4, 2014 by Routledge
550 Pages

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Book Description

English is now a global phenomenon no longer defined by fixed territorial, cultural and social functions. The Routledge Companion to English Studies provides an authoritative overview of the subject area. Taking into account the changing conceptualisations of English, this companion considers both historical trajectories and contemporary perspectives while also showcasing the state-of-the-art contributions made by the established scholars of the field.

The Routledge Companion to English Studies:

  • provides a set of broad perspectives on English as a subject of study and research;  
  • highlights the importance of the link between English and other languages within the concepts of multilingualism and polylingualism; 
  • investigates the use of language in communication through the medium of digital technology, covering key issues such as digital literacies, multimodal literacies, and games and broadcast language; 
  • explores the role of English in education, taking account of social, ethnographic and global perspectives on pedagogical issues.

This collection of 34 newly commissioned articles provides a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the dynamic and diverse field of English studies and will be an invaluable text for advanced students and researchers in this area.

Table of Contents


A. English in larger contexts

Viv Ellis English as Subject

Andy Goodwyn English and Literacy in Education - National Policies

Andy Kirkpatrick World Englishes

E.Y.L Ho Literary Criticism (and Coda: Literary Criticism and Stylisation

- Leung and Street)

B. English in Studies of Language

Jens Normann Jørgensen and Janus Spindler Møller Polylingualism and Languaging

Ofelia Garcia Multilingualism and Language Education

Tope Omoniyi EIL/ELF in postcolonial and neo-millenial contexts:

Bernard Mohan and Tammy Slater Systemic functional linguistics

Jan Blommaert Sociolinguistics

Stanton Wortham and Katherine S. Mortimer Linguistic Anthropology

Paul Prior Semiotics

Karin Aijmer Pragmatics

Celia Roberts Interactional Sociolinguistics

Mike Stubbs Semantics

Andrew Carnie Formal Syntax

Sue Maingay Phonetics and Phonology;

Kieran O’Halloran Corpus Linguistics

Chris Jenks Conversation Analysis

Betsy Rymes: Communicative Repertoire

Ruth Wodak Critical Discourse Analysis

Radha Iyer, Margaret Kettle, Allan Luke, and Kathy Mills Critical Applied Linguistics

Jens Brockmeier Narrative as cultural practice

Dina López and Lesley Bartlett Learning English, Negotiating Identities

C. English in Education

Theresa Lillis Academic Literacies

David Russell and Irene Clark U.S. First-year Composition and Writing in the Disciplines:

Ken Hyland English for Academic Purposes

Bruce Horner Writing in the Disciplines/Writing across the Disciplines

Peter Freebody, Georgina Barton and Eveline Chan Literacy Education

Kate Pahl New Literacy Studies

D. English in New Communicative Technologies

Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel Englishes and Digital literacy practices:

Jennifer Rowsell and Lisha Chen English Studies through a New Literacy Studies-MultiModal Lens

James Simpson and Aisha Walker New technologies for English language learning and teaching

Catherine Beavis Games and Broadcast Language

Elsa Simoes Freitas Language of Advertising

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Constant Leung is Professor of Educational Linguistics at King’s College London, University of London. He was the founding chair of the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum. His current research and educational activities include the development of an assessment framework for English as an Additional Language (Bell Foundation, 2016-).  He serves as Joint Editor of Language Assessment Quarterly. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK.

Brian Street was Professor Emeritus at King’s College London, University of London, Visiting Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Visiting Professor in the School of Education and Professional Development, University of East Anglia and Visiting Professor at the School of Education, University Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. In 2016, he received an honorary degree of Doctor of the University at The Open University, UK, in "recognition of academic and scholarly distinction and exceptional contribution in increasing our understanding of the nature of literacy and its significance in people’s lives".


"This book offers practical answers to the question: what do we do in English now that everything is in flux? It takes the form of an omnibus guide that manages to contain the busy, dynamic diversity of our energetic discipline long enough to get a snapshot of its many moving parts. It is therefore virtually indispensable as a resource for anyone wishing to attempt a universal understanding of what it means to study, teach and write about English studies today, presented here in just about every one of its quickly developing new fields, forms and categories." 

David Stacey, Humboldt State University, USA 

The Routledge Companion to English Studies is a collection of contributions from a distinguished field of academics. What is striking is its range and depth: it covers wide conceptions of English as a school subject, a world language and a body of cultural referents that include literature and literary criticism in English (and in translation). The depth is gained from the fine critical insights of experts in the various inter-related fields. Constant Leung and Brian Street are to be congratulated on the quality of this book, which will stand as a point of reference for all those who wish to find authoritative voices in language studies, English and literacy education.

Richard Andrews, Institute of Education, University of London