New Special Issue "Against Autonomous Literacies: Extending the World of Brian V. Street"


We are delighted to announce the publication of the special issue of Literacy in Composition Studies, “Against Autonomous Literacies: Extending the Work of Brian V. Street,” guest edited by Antonio Byrd, Jordan Hayes, and Nicole Turnipseed. Brian Street, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 73, was a member of the LiCS editorial board from its inception and contributed to the journal’s inaugural issue. Street is well-known for his foundational work in New Literacy Studies and his interdisciplinary work across the fields of literacy studies, anthropology, ethnography, and education. Our field, and LiCS specifically, continues to be impacted significantly by Street’s work, and we hope the contents of this issue honor and extend his legacy. 

We invite readers to take up the questions and challenges raised in this issue in short submissions to the Symposium section of our next issues. 

This issue features the following pieces:












Thank you to the special issue editors, Antonio Byrd, Jordan Hayes, and Nicole Turnipseed for this terrific issue. Thank you, as always, to Book Review Editor Helen Sandoval. 

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