NYC: Zine Culture

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

NYC: Zine Culture

Spring 2021

Taught By: Anya Kurennaya

Section: A

CRN: 6858

Credits: 3

This course is all about zines - self-published, small-distribution works comprised of text and images - and their cultural history in New York City. Drawing on cultural, social, political, anthropological, and design-oriented perspectives, we consider such topics as personal identity, fashion, music, youth culture, political dissidence, intersectional feminism, material culture, media studies, the DIY ethos, social justice, social control, and the intermingling of mainstream and alternative culture. We discuss both contemporary and historical developments in NYC zine culture, ranging from fanfiction and beat literature to the NYC punk and riot grrl scenes. Through engagement with this literature, a litany of zines, and visits to zine libraries and special collections in NYC, students learn to visually decipher and critically analyze alternative publications on a wide variety of subjects. Over the course of the semester, students embark on independent research on a topic particular to New York City zine culture, and groups work collaboratively to produce a final zine examining some aspect of NYC zine culture in detail. Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshmen and sophomores only.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:46am 5/15/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/22/2021 - 5/7/2021