1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies

Edited By Jennifer Rowsell, Kate Pahl Copyright 2020
    700 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    700 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies offers a comprehensive view of the field of language and literacy studies. With forty-three chapters reflecting new research from leading scholars in the field, the Handbook pushes at the boundaries of existing fields and combines with related fields and disciplines to develop a lens on contemporary scholarship and emergent fields of inquiry. The Handbook is divided into eight sections:

    • The foundations of literacy studies

    • Space-focused approaches

    • Time-focused approaches

    • Multimodal approaches

    • Digital approaches

    • Hermeneutic approaches

    • Making meaning from the everyday

    • Co-constructing literacies with communities.

    This is the first handbook of literacy studies to recognise new trends and evolving trajectories together with a focus on radical epistemologies of literacy. The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies is an essential reference for undergraduate and postgraduate students and those researching and working in the areas of applied linguistics and language and literacy.

    List of Figures

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    Notes on Contributors



    Jennifer Rowsell and Kate Pahl

    PART I

    The foundations of literacy studies

    1 The social and linguistic turns in studying language and literacy

    David Bloome and Judith Green

    2 The New Literacy Studies

    James Paul Gee

    3 Postcolonial approaches to literacy: understanding the "other"

    Rahat Naqvi

    4 Critical literacy education: a kaleidoscopic view of the field

    Rebecca Rogers and Katherine O’Daniels

    5 Bi/multilingual literacies in literacy studies

    Angel M. Y. Lin and David C. S. Li


    Space-focused approaches

    6 Socio-spatial approaches to literacy studies: rethinking the social constitution and politics of space

    Kathy A. Mills and Barbara Comber

    7 Ecological approaches to literacy research

    Sue Nichols

    8 Rural literacies: text and content beyond the metropolis

    Michael Corbett

    9 Urban literacies

    Valerie Kinloch


    10 Indigenous literacies in literacy studies

    Lynn Mario T. Menezes de Souza

    11 Faith literacies

    Andrey Rosowsky


    Time-focused approaches

    12 Historical inquiry in literacy education: calling on clio

    Bill Green and Phillip Cormack

    13 Postmodernism and literacy studies

    Lalitha Vasudevan, Kristine Rodriguez Kerr, Tara L. Conley, and Joseph Riina-Ferrie

    14 Longitudinal studies and literacy studies

    Catherine Compton-Lilly

    15 Literacy policy and curriculum

    Jim Cummins


    Multimodal approaches

    16 Multimodal social semiotics: writing in online contexts

    Myrrh Domingo, Carey Jewitt and Gunther Kress

    17 The semiotic mobility of literacy: four analytical approaches

    Denise Newfield

    18 Remaking meaning across modes in literacy studies

    Diane Mavers

    19 Multimodality and sensory ethnographies

    Abigail Hackett

    20 Cultural affordances of visual mode texts in and of Japanese landscapes and young children’s emerging comprehension of semiotic texts

    Dylan Yamada-Rice

    21 Social design literacies: designing action literacies for fast-changing lives

    Jay Lemke and Caspar van Helden




    PART V

    Digital approaches

    22 Popular culture, digital worlds and second language learners

    Alice Chik

    23 Videogames and literacies: historical threads and contemporary practices

    Sandra Schamroth Abrams

    24 Virtual spaces in literacy studies

    Julia Gillen

    25 Consumer literacies and virtual world games

    Rebekah Willett

    26 Facebook narratives

    Julia Davies


    Hermeneutic approaches

    27 Literary theory and new literacy studies: conversations across fields

    Richard Steadman-Jones and Kate Pahl

    28 Looking good: aesthetics, multimodality and literacy studies

    Theo van Leeuwen

    29 Poetry, metaphor and performance: literacy as a philosophical act

    Kathleen Gallagher

    30 Phenomenology and literacy studies

    Rachel Heydon and Jennifer Rowsell

    31 Hermeneutics of literacy pedagogy

    Rob Simon and Gerald Campano


    Making meaning from the everyday

    32 Materialising literacies

    Kate Pahl and Hugh Escott

    33 Moving voices: literacy narratives in a testimonial culture

    Mary Hamilton


    34 (Im)materialising literacies

    Cathy Burnett

    35 English language learners, participatory ethnography and embodied knowing within literacy

    Burcu Yaman Ntelioglou

    36 Making, remaking, and reimagining the everyday: play, creativity, and popular media

    Karen E. Wohlwend

    37 Literacy as worldmaking: multimodality, creativity and cosmopolitanism

    Amy Stornaiuolo



    Co-constructing literacies with communities

    38 Literacy studies and situated methods: exploring the social organization of household activity and family media use

    Lisa H. Schwartz and Kris D. Gutiérrez

    39 Oral history as a community literacy project
    Valerie J. Janesick

    40 Participatory methodologies and literacy studies

    Saskia Stille

    41 The affordances and challenges of visual methodologies in literacy studies

    Maureen Kendrick

    42 Literacy with mobiles in print poor communities

    Sue Muller, Hilary Janks, and James EM Stiles

    43 Literacies and research as social change

    Claudia Mitchell and Casey Burkholder



    Jennifer Rowsell is Professor and Canada Research Chair at Brock University. She has cowritten and written several books in the areas of New Literacy Studies, multimodality and multiliteracies, including Working with Multimodality (Routledge, 2013).

    Kate Pahl is a Professor of Literacies in Education at The University of Sheffield. She is the author, with Jennifer Rowsell, of several books on literacy including Artifactual Literacies: Every Object Tells a Story (2010), and Materializing Literacies in Communities (2014).

    "This remarkable volume is a landmark in the development of Literacy Studies. It uncovers a vibrant and wide-ranging field, making clear different strands of research and distinct approaches. The individual chapters provide a firm basis for identifying directions for future research and the book will be an essential reference for years to come." David Barton, Lancaster University, UK