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Feminist / Grrrl / Zines: Books, Articles and Websites


Grrrl Zine Network, (there is an extensive zine related bibliography here,

V. Vale, Zines!,Vol. I and II. San Francisco: ReSearch, 1996/1997.

Karen Green and Tristan Taormino (eds), A Girl's Guide to Taking Over the World: Writings from the Girl Zine Revolution. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997.

Stephen Duncombe, Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture . New York: Verso, 1997.

Trina Robbins, From Girls to Grrrlz: A History of Women's Comics from Teens to Zines. San Francisco:Chronicle Books, 1999.

Roger Sabin and Teal Triggs (eds), Below Critical Radar. Fanzines and Alternative Comics from 1976 to now. Hove: Slab-O-Concrete Publications, 2001.

Anita Harris, Future Girl: Young Women in the Twenty-First Century. New York: Routledge, 2004.

Mary Celeste Kearney, Girls Make Media . New York: Routledge, 2006.

Alison Piepmeier, Girl Zines: making media, doing feminism . New York: New York University Press, 2009.

Conference Papers/Lectures
Janice Radway, "Girls, Zines, and the Miscellaneous Production of Subjectivity in an Age of Unceasing Circulation". Lecture presented at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing and the Literarcy & Rhetorical Studies Minor, No.18, University of Minnesota, 2001.

Angela Richardson, “Come On, Join the Conversation: ‘Zines as a Medium for Feminist Dialogue and Community Building,” Feminist Collections, 7 (3-4), 1996, pp.10-14.

Anita Harris, “Is DIY DOA? Zines and the Revolution, Grrrl-Style,” in Rob White (ed), Australian Youth Subcultures: On the Margins and in the Mainstream. Hobart: National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, 1998, pp. 84-93.

Krista Scott-Dixon, "Ezines and Feminist Activism: Building a Community",Resources for Feminist Research, 27(1/2),1999, pp.127-132.

Kimra McPherson, "Notes from the Zine Underground". In Lynne B. Alvine and Linda E. Cullum (eds) Breaking the Cycle: Gender, Literacy, and Learning. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 1999, pp.///.

Sabrina Margarite Alcantara-Tan, "The Herstory of Bamboo Girl Zine", Frontiers: Journal of Women Studies, 21.5, 2000, pp.///.

Kate Eichhoen, "Sites Unseen: Ethnographic Research in a Textual Community", Qualitative Studies in Education, 14, 2001, pp. ////.

Michelle Comstock, "Grrrl Zine Networks: Re-Composing Spaces of Authority, Gender and Culture", JAC. Journal of Advanced Composition, 21(2), 2001, pp.383-409.

Frances Cresser, Lesley Gunn and Helen Balme, “Women’s experiences of online e-zine publication," Media, Culture & Society, 23(4), 2001, pp. 457-473.

Mimi Nguyen, "Tales of an Asiatic Geek Girl: Slant from Paper to Pixels". In Alondra Nelson and Thuy Linh N. Tu with Alicia Headlam Hines (eds), Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life. New York: New York University Press, 2001, pp.177-190.

Brandi Leigh-Ann Bell, “Riding the Third Wave: Women-Produced Zines and Feminisms,” Resources for Feminist Research, 29 (3/4), 2002, pp. 187-198.

Jennifer Sinor, "Another Form of Crying: Girl Zines as Life Writing", Prose Studies, 26, 2003, pp.240-264.

Anita Harris, "gURL Scenes and Grrrl Zines: The Regulation and Resistance of Girls in Late Modernity",Feminist Review, 75, 2003, pp.38-56.

Kristen Schilt, "'I'll Resist With Every Inch and Every Breath': Girls and Zine Making as a Form of Resistance",Youth and Society, 35(1), 2003, pp.71-97.

Jayne Armstrong, "Web Grrrls, Guerilla Tactics: Young Feminisms on the Web". In David Gauntlett and Ross Horsely (eds), Web.Studies, 2nd ed. London: Arnold, 2004, pp.92-102.

Barbara J. Guzzetti & Margaret Gamboa, "Zines for Social Justice: Adolescent Girls Writing on Their Own",Reading Research Quarterly, 39(4), 2004, pp.408-436.

Jennifer Rauch, "Hands-On Communication: Zine Circulation Rituals and the Interactive Limitations of Web Self-Publishing", Popular Communication, 2(3), 2004, pp.153-169.

Jennifer Bleyer, “Cut-and-Paste Revolution: Notes from the Girl Zine Explosion”. In Vivien Labaton and Dawn Lundy Martin (eds.), The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism. New York: Anchor Books, 2004, pp. 42-60.

Anna Poletti, "Self-Publishing in the Global and the Local: Situating Life Writing in Zines",Biography, 28(1), 2005, pp.183-192.

Adela C. Licona, "(B)orderlands' Rhetorics and Representations: The Transformative Potential of Feminist Third-Space Scholarship and Zines", NWSA: National Women's Studies Association Journal, 17(2), 2005, pp.104-129.

Kristen Schilt, "'The Punk White Privilege Scene': Riot Grrrl, White Privilege, and Zines", in Jo Reger (ed) Different Wavelengths: Studies of the Contemporary Women’s Movement. New York and London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 39-56.

Dawn Bates and Maureen C. McHugh, “Zines: Voices of Third Wave Feminists,” in Jo Reger (ed), Different Wavelengths: Studies of the Contemporary Women’s Movement. New York and London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 179-194.

Mary Celeste Kearney, “Grrrl Zines: Exploring Identity, Transforming Girls’ Written Culture," in Mary Celeste Kearney, Girls Make Media. New York and London: Routledge, 2006, pp. 135-188.

Marion Leonard, "The development of riot grrrl: through zines, the internet and across time", in Marion Leonard, Gender in the Music Industry:Rock, Discourse and Girl Power. Aldershot: Asgate, 2007, pp.137-162.

Schilt, Kristen Schilt and Elke Zobl, "Connecting the Dots: Riot Grrrls, Ladyfests, and the International Grrrl Zine Network", in Anita Harris (ed) Next Wave Cultures: Feminism, Subcultures, Activism. New York: Routledge, 2008, pp.171-192.

Red Chidgey, "Riot Grrrl Writing," iin Nadine Monem (ed.), Riot Grrrl: Revolution Girl Style Now! London: Black Dog Publishing, 2007, pp.100-141.

Red Chidgey, “Free, Trade. Distribution Economies in Feminist Zine Networks,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 35(1), 2009, pp.28-37.

Elke Zobl, "Cultural Production, Transnational Networking and Critical Reflection in Feminist Zines," Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 35(1), 2009, pp.1-12.

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