Zines in Third Space

Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric

By Adela C. Licona

Subjects: Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Composition And Rhetoric Studies, Communication
Paperback : 9781438443720, 207 pages, July 2013
Hardcover : 9781438443713, 207 pages, October 2012

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations
1. Borderlands Rhetorics and Third-Space Sites
Recognizing Borderlands Rhetorics in Zines as Third-Space Sites
Borderlands Peregrinations: Traveling Beyond Borders and Binaries in Third Space
Third Space Imaginary, Coalitional Consciousness, and Zines
Reading, Writing, and Re-presenting as Potentially Transformational Practices
Exploring Third-space Zines and the Chapters to Follow
2. The Role of Imagination in Challenging Everyday Dominations: Articulation at Work in Producing Antiracist Egalitarian Social Agendas
Community Scribes: Lived Knowledges and Community Literacies
Code-Switching and the Identification of One An-Other
Academic and Non-Academic Third Space Sites of The
Politics and Practices of Articulation
3. Embodied Intersections: Reconsidering Subject Formation Beyond Binary Borders
Reversals and refractions: Shattering the Normal(izing) Gaze
R E V E R S O: Re-Views and Re-Considerations
Embodied Resistance and Coalitional Subjectivity
Embodied Knowledge as Practice and Power
4. Queer-y-ing Consumption and Production: Critical Inquiries and Third-Space Subversions
Reconfiguring the Objects and Subjects of Consumption and Production: Brrls in the Material World
Queer-y-ing cporatized Knowledges: Revised Practices of Consumption and Production
Queer-y-ing Histories: Dissident Performances and Discourses
Re-configuringRelations and Imagining Alternatives
Queer-y-ing the Cycles of Production and Consumption: Third-Space Thrifting, Second-Order Consumption, and Trades
The Re(in)Formed and Conscientious Consumer and Producer
5. Epilogue: Third Space Theory and Borderland Rhetorics
Applied Theory and the Everyday: Academic and Non-Academic Contexts
Third-Space Peregrinations and Lived Borderlands Rhetorics
Why Zines/Why Now: Unleashing Radical (Rhetorical) Third-Space Potentials
Entremundista: Third Space Navigations and Zines as Familiar Terrain

Develops third-space theory by engaging with zines produced by feminists and queers of color.


Zines in Third Space develops third-space theory with a practical engagement in the subcultural space of zines as alternative media produced specifically by feminists and queers of color. Adela C. Licona explores how borderlands rhetorics function in feminist and queer of-color zines to challenge dominant knowledges as well as normativitizing mis/representations. Licona characterizes these zines as third-space sites of borderlands rhetorics revealing dissident performances, disruptive rhetorical acts, and coalitions that effect new cultural, political, economic, and sexual configurations.

Adela C. Licona is Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona. She is the coeditor (with Robbin D. Crabtree and David Alan Sapp) of Feminist Pedagogy: Looking Back to Move Forward.


"One of the primary reasons this book is so valuable is because it demonstrates how community literacy is promoted, engaged, and circulated in the multimodal genre of zines … Zines in Third Space models academic scholarship that recognizes and values community as a site for the sharing and learning of new knowledge and literacy practices … Licona's practice of word play is a performance of the very borderlands rhetorics she identifies and analyzes in zines." — Community Literacy Journal

"Zines in Third Space throws light upon an important and often neglected space of alternative culture by looking at the media generated by people of color, who both use the subcultural media to explore and articulate their ideas and lives in a way they feel cannot be done through more mainstream channels, yet also understand (and articulate) the ways in which the white, middle-class dominated subcultures create new sets of constraints and limitations. Within subcultural studies, and media studies in general, this is a critical area of study. The author knows the world of which she speaks." — Stephen Duncombe, author of Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture