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Counterculture, craftsmanship, and cyberspace connectivity: Considerations of contemporary feminist zines in/as/of feminist art education
Feminist cyberspaces: Pedagogies in transition (2012)
  • Courtney Lee Weida, Adelphi University
Abstract

This chapter examines the cyberspace presences and digital interplays of contemporary feminist zines in the contexts of art and art education. Although the peak of zine creations as works on paper may be traced to the 1990s, this form of feminist counterculture has evolved into cyberspace forums and expressions. Zines often include not only email addresses alongside “snail mail” addresses, but also links to pdfs and related web resources. Connecting the handmade craftsmanship and hand-drawn and written techniques of zines with the grassroots connectivity enabled by the web, blogs and other online forums relating to zines or containing zines constitute interesting liminal spaces. At other times, zines may be a sort of feminist protest to male-dominated cyberspace forums. This paper explores potential and problems of zines as extensions of hypertext, the dimensionality of the screen and the page, and various expressions of personal identities via individual craftsmanship. The educational contexts of zines considered in this paper include college classrooms, K-12 teaching, as well as library collections. Recent zines addressing gender, sexuality, and motherhood will be emphasized.

Keywords
  • art education,
  • digital learning,
  • craft,
  • cyberculture
Publication Date
2012
Editor
Collingwood, S.; Quintana, A. & Smith, C.
Publisher
Cambridge Scholars Press
ISBN
978-1-4438-3633-3
Citation Information
Courtney Lee Weida. "Counterculture, craftsmanship, and cyberspace connectivity: Considerations of contemporary feminist zines in/as/of feminist art education" Newcastle upon TyneFeminist cyberspaces: Pedagogies in transition (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/courtney_weida/2/