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
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Davidson, Shayna M.. "Pushing at the Seams: French Zines & Bricolage as a Liberatory Act." (2022). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/fll_etds/148