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Writing a Riot

Riot Grrrl Zines and Feminist Rhetorics


Rebekah J. Buchanan

Riot grrrls, punk feminists best known for their girl power activism and message, used punk ideologies and the literacy practice of zine-ing to create radical feminist sites of resistance. In what ways did zines document feminism and activism of the 1990s? How did riot grrrls use punk ideologies to participate in DIY sites?

In Writing a Riot: Riot Grrl Zines and Feminist Rhetorics, Buchanan argues that zines are a form of literacy participation used to document personal, social, and political values within punk. She examines zine studies as an academic field, how riot grrrls used zines to promote punk feminism, and the ways riot grrrl zines dealt with social justice issues of rape and race. Writing a Riot is the first full-length book that examines riot grrrl zines and their role in documenting feminist history.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Buchanan, Rebekah J., author. Title: Writing a riot: riot grrrl zines and feminist rhetorics / Rebekah J. Buchanan. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2018. Series: Mediated youth; v. 31 ISSN 1555-1814 (print) | ISSN 2378-2935 (online) Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017051868 | ISBN 978-1-4331-5077-7 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-2391-7 (softcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-5078-4 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5079-1 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-5080-7 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Zines—History—20th century. | Women’s periodicals—History—20th century. | Feminism—Periodicals—History—20th century. | Underground press publications—United States—History—20th century. Classification: LCC PN4836.B83 2018 | DDC 050.82—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b12472 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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