1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to English Studies

Edited By Constant Leung, Brian V Street Copyright 2014
    550 Pages
    by Routledge

    550 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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