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Zines are handmade magazines. They contain articles, diary entries, rants, interviews, stories, drawings, collages, photographs, and any other creative interpretation of information imaginable. They can be by one person or many, found in stores, traded at comic conventions, exchanged with friends, or given away for free. Zines are written in a variety of formats, from computer-printed text to comics to handwritten texts. Topics covered are broad, including politics, art and design, personal journals, social theory, or a single-topic obsession. Zines often highlight insightful, provocative, political, and outrageous writing. They include personal stories, fiction, rants, poetry, essays, journalism, visual design, and photographs.
Unlike an analytical or research paper, a zine allows you to employ multiple forms of media and different theoretical frameworks in a fun and creative way. Your zines will incorporate both expository writing assignments as well as more creative components, which might include (but certainly not limited to) poetry, photographs, drawing, magazine clippings, or collages. For your final project in this course, you will be making collaborative zines on key people and events in ethnic studies history. We will then submit these zines to the CSUSM Library’s communities archive project as well as an online database to create a resource for future ethnic studies students — ethnic studies history for students, by students.
- Write 600-1,000 words on the topic
- Collaborate with classmates
- Submit Project Journals
- Participate in Progress Reports
- Participate in Draft
- Participate in Revisions
- Turn in ten (10) printed-and-folded zines as well as a PDF
- Class will decide topics together
- Cite at least five (5) sources
- only one from course materials
- quote sources where relevant
- Use your own words o quote sources where relevant
- Zine must include multiple forms, genres, and media
- e.g. poems, block quotes, photographs, magazine clips, illustrations, marginalia ...
- Define the term in your own words
- include footnotes and works cited page