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The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies

ISBN 9780415816243
Published May 20, 2015 by Routledge
700 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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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.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Notes on Contributors



Jennifer Rowsell and Kate Pahl


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





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


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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