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For this course, you will make your own individual Zine based on our course. In and through this project, you will reflect on the content of the course (namely the course readings)

Write a 5-7-page APA style essay. This paper MUST explains the themes
REPRESENTATIONS). Clearly outlines the subject matter your ZINE
engages. Your FINAL will outline the theoretical framework of your
Your FINAL will have a clear thesis statement that drives the focus of your
Your FINAL will document your analysis AND insights; connect with a
minimum of 3 of our course READINGS – direct and integrated quotations
(page number, etc.); demonstrate exceptional understanding, insight and
understanding of project requirements; show exceptional effort, planning
and organization; connect to larger socio-political, socio-economic and
socio-cultural matters beyond the course READINGS and FILMS.
Use good grammar, IN-TEXT citation, NO RUNNING HEAD, NO
ABSTRACT and fully cite all your sources correctly in APA – intext and
reference page
A zine is a handmade circular, mini-comic, or magazine about any topic you can imagine, like politics, body-politic, art, design, personal, social theory and even a single obsession. Zines can be very personal, or very public, done by one or by many, traded, exchanged, or given away.
Zines often:
§ highlight a subject matter
§ feature diary entries
§ provoke dialogue
§ include articles
§ showcase stories and rants
§ incorporate personal entries
§ contain fiction entries
§ integrate art: drawings, collages, photographs
§ incite taboo/outrageous/feared discourse
§ rub right up against the edge of what is acceptable
§ include poetry and any number of creative interpretations of information
§ feature process and or opinion essays
§ present new voices and ideas that challenge the “traditional”
§ introduce new voices and ideas that challenges the status quo
For this course, you will make your own individual Zine based on our course. In and through this project, you will reflect on the content of the course (namely the course readings) while demonstrating what you have gleaned from Black Feminist Thought. Not unlike an analytical research paper, making a zine enables you to explore and analyze content from and through an interdisciplinary approach. The Zine project allows you to incorporate different theoretical frameworks from the course with an artistic methodology to your analysis/reflections. It will also enable you to produce knowledge about Black Feminist Thought in a fun and creative way.
Your zines will incorporate both expository writing assignments as well as more creative components, like (but certainly not limited to) poetry, photographs, drawings, magazine clippings, or collages.
Your Zine will demonstrate, in and through a visual format, various theoretical approaches of Black Feminist Thought from our course readings. Your work will demonstrate your grasp of the concept(s)/idea(s) and how well you are able to convey and educate your reader of the concept(s)/idea(s). The goal is to educate your reader(s) of an ethnic studies concept(s) and/or a Black feminist thought as you have read, studies and selected throughout the semester.
Patricia Hill Collins. (2000). “Work, Family, and Black Women’s Oppression.” Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment.Links to an external site. New York, NY: Routledge: pp. 45-68
bell hooks. (1981). Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism. New York, NY: Routledge
Lewis, Reina and Mills, Sara. Eds. (2003). Feminist Postcolonial Theory: A Reader.
bell hooks – “The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators

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