The Archival Turn in Feminism
Outrage in Order
Publication Year: 2013
A volume in the American Literatures Initiative
Published by: Temple University Press
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In the early to mid 1990s, as many established feminist institutions were falling into decline, girls and young women across North America started to plot a new revolution. Armed with little more than scissors, glue, and stolen time on copy machines, they made zines an integral part of their movement. ...
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In early 2009, Jenna Freedman, one of the activist librarians I met during the course of researching this book, invited me to attend a conference at Columbia University on the subject of “archiving women.”1 Freedman, the founder of the Barnard Zine Library and a speaker at the conference, used the opportunity to discuss the development of the collection ...
1. The "Scrap Heap" Reconsidered: Selected Archives of Feminist Archiving
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In October 2010, Susan Faludi published an article in Harper’s Magazine on the subject of “feminism’s ritual matricide.” In summary, Faludi argues that American feminism has always been and remains structured by a matricidal impulse. ...
2. Archival Regeneration: The Zine Collections at the Sallie Bingham Center
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If the feminist archives featured in this study are unique in the history of feminist archival initiatives, then it is to the extent that they represent a relationship to time and history that has only recently become possible. After all, these archives reflect the sort of relationship to time and history ....
3. Redefining a Movement: The Riot Grrrl Collection at Fales Library and Special Collections
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In the early 1990s , most people in North America, including most feminists, had never heard the term “Riot Grrrl.” By 1993, Riot Grrrl was synonymous with a style and politic signifying a new feminism—a feminism for the “video-age generation . . . sexy, assertive and loud.”1 This is the story told by Sara Marcus in Girls to the Front. ...
4. Radical Catalogers and Accidental Archivists: The Barnard Zine Library
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I met Jenna Freedman at Barnard College, the women’s college at Columbia University, in 2006. On the occasion of my first visit, Freedman, perhaps more widely known as the “zine librarian” and sometimes simply as the “blue-haired librarian,”1 gave me a tour of the zine library she founded at the Barnard Library in 2003. ...
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In many respects, this book opens where Ann Cvetkovich’s An Archive of Feelings ends. Although Cvetkovich’s study is concerned with queer and lesbian archives rather than feminist archives, the overlaps between our studies are notable; at times they cover similar terrain and even refer to some of the same collections, cultural phenomena, and urban geographies. ...
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Publication Year: 2013