Foreign Languages & Literatures ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2022


This thesis examines the contemporary literary value posed by independently produced French fanzines. French fanzines represent a convergence of textual and graphic narratives, echoing la bande dessinée in many senses. I argue that the liberty of form and expression utilized by the fanzine creator permits a more nuanced iteration of life-writing. The circulation of texts amongst informal economies based in social networks suggests that creators are able to explore narratives of self-hood that do not conform to neoliberal market-oriented categories of identity. Furthermore, the influx of digitally stored and distributed French fanzines confounds their traditional categorization as ephemeral text-objects; as a result, their utilization as informal archives suggest an anachronistic interrelatedness across generations of fanzine creators. In situating how fanzines creators have engaged the form itself in a continual process of movement and metamorphosis, I identify the need for an equally flexible academic approach to a form that remains (and will continue to remain) ever-elusive.


zine, France, authorship, queer, alternative media

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Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

First Committee Member (Chair)

Rajeshwari Vallury

Second Committee Member

Stephen Bishop

Third Committee Member

Pim Higginson