“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,
“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