Congregating women: Reading the rhetorical arts of third wave subcultural production
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.
0453: Womens studies