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Congregating women: Reading the rhetorical arts of third wave subcultural production


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My dissertation entitled Congregating Women: Reading the Rhetorical Arts of Third Wave Subcultural Production analyzes the production and reception of texts known as “zines.” As an alternative media system, zines are independently produced publications created by and for a particular group of people who use them to communicate ideas, polemics, obsessions, and passions. In this study, I analyze a group of women writers who use low- and high-end technologies to produce zines. Although many of the women who currently produce zines do not identify as a riot grrrl, the impetus behind their production originated in an underground feminist movement of the early 1990s known as “riot grrrl.” The movement's emphasis on do-it-yourself (DIY) practices—taking cultural production into one's own hands through self-publishing—as an ethical and political stance against male-dominance in alternative culture paved the way for a third wave subcultural feminist movement to take place. Thus, this project argues that through their multiple uses of technology, modes of autobiographical writing, and engagement with gender issues, this group of women utilizes various rhetorical practices to foster a third wave feminist subculture. Because zines operate on the peripheries of mainstream discourses, their study can reveal how subcultural communities negotiate with dominant culture over issues of power, identity, representation, and agency. In addition by analyzing their cultural production rhetorically, focusing particularly on the classical canons, delivery and style, as well as the classical appeal, ethos , I provide an in-depth analysis of discourse production that takes into account the production, distribution, and reception of these texts.

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Subject
Rhetoric;
Composition;
Womens studies
Classification
0681: Rhetoric
0681: Composition
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Rhetorical arts; Subcultural production; Third-wave feminism; Women writers; Zines
Title
Congregating women: Reading the rhetorical arts of third wave subcultural production
Author
Piano, Doreen Marie
Number of pages
230
Publication year
2003
Degree date
2003
School code
0018
Source
DAI-A 64/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Blair, Kristine
University/institution
Bowling Green State University
University location
United States -- Ohio
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3114948
ProQuest document ID
305345283
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305345283
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