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CLLT 3126: Zine Library Guide for Queer Classics: Desire, Embodiment, Back

Zine Librarian Jenna Freedman made this guide to support Cat Lambert's Classics course in Desire, Embodiment, Backward Glances at Columbia University. Fall 2021

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Jenna Freedman
MLC 203 (generally on campus Mon-Wed)
Subjects: Zines

Read and Discuss

Zine sampler! Read/skim a zine for two minutes and then pass it (five times). You will not be able to finish each zine now.

[Content: curse words, sexuality, nudity, trauma]

Groups of two and three, 5-8 minutes

  • What does the zine say about its creator--directly or indirectly?
  • Is the zine overtly queer? Have queer elements?
  • Are there graphics in the zine? Handwriting? Collages? Do they complement or complicate the text? (thinking of the Piepmeier reading)
  • What might be the lasting impact of this zine--on the creator, you, other readers, the world?

Zines Are

Nijsten, Nina. Scissors & Chainsaws No. 2 : Diary Comic Zine Made in July 2020 During International Zine Month. Gent, Belgium: Nina Nijsten, 2020.

A Little More About Zines


Sandner, David. “Zines to the Future! The Secret History of Zines.” StoryMapJS. Accessed October 6, 2020.

Note: sharing this timeline is not a 100% endorsement. It's useful, but I have some issues.