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Writing a Riot


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Preface - Acknowledgments - Introduction - Zines and Punk - Girl Zine Studies - Putting the Riot Back Into Punk - Defining and Documenting Riot Grrrl - What Is Riot Grrrl Anyway? - Riot Grrrl Zines as Social Circulation - Riot Grrrl Zines and Justice Issues - Yes, We Use the Word Rape - Race and Riot Grrrl Zines - Who Cares? Or, Why Does Riot Grrrl Really Matter - Index.

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Rebekah J. Buchanan is Associate Professor of English and Director of English Education at Western Illinois University. Her research interests include out-of-school literacy practices of youth especially in activist music scenes, fandoms, Harry Potter literary tourism and representation of teachers in popular culture.


"Focusing on the creation and circulation of riot grrrl zines in the 1990s, which she interprets as a complex literacy practice, Rebekah J. Buchanan adds substantially to the burgeoning literature on the challenge of narrating the history of punk feminisms. By building on her own experiences in zine-ing and reading with care and appreciation a diverse array of zines created during the period, she makes a strong case for the significance of such zines as evidence of girls' feminism and activist efforts to understand the conditions of their everyday lives." -Janice Radway, Walter Dill Scott Professor of Communication Studies; Director, Gender Studies; Professor, American Studies, Northwestern University
"One of the most radical aspects of zines is how personal they are, in both the narrative writing and the physical construction. Rebekah J. Buchanan pays tribute to this aspect by sharing with us her personal journey through the punk scene and zine creation, while situating zines in their rightful place in historical memory. By weaving personal narrative and scholarship together to discuss the importance of young women and teens in social justice movements, Buchanan proves that zines were and still are an accessible entryway into sites of resistance where girls/grrrls can lead the revolution." -Dawn Stahura, Research and Instruction Librarian, Simmons College, and zinester

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