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Public Hellenism: Zine Library Guide

Zine Librarian Jenna Freedman made this guide for Dimitris Antoniou's Public Hellenism class, offered by Columbia University's Modern Greek department in the summer of 2021.

Zine Assignment

cover of Sillywish zine, issue 5: clip art moon wearing a sorcerer's or sleeping hat, the tip of which is holding a bird. The bird is interacting with a bunny, seated on a blanket on the bottom of the moon's crescentWhich zines did you choose and why?

Zine Basics

What is a zine?

Zine definition from Scissors & Chainsaws No. 2 : Diary Comic Zine Made in July 2020 During International Zine Month by Nina Echozina, excerpt shared with permission

Anything anyone wants to add?

Discuss What You Read and Saw

photo of a cat with an open box and a pile of zinesDiscuss

What kind of person made one of the zines you looked at, and why?

Why did the creator(s) make a zine instead of...

  • a book
  • a poem
  • street theater
  • a Tumblr
  • an Instagram post
  • a meme
  • a protest
  • a letter to the editor
  • etc.

How to the images complement or complicate the text? (informed by Piepmeier article)


Take three minutes to think about which elements you connect to and how you might use them to make an academic argument in a non-academic way.