In the 1990s, a generation of women born during the rise of the second wave feminist movement plotted a revolution. These young activists funneled their outrage and energy into creating music, and zines using salvaged audio equipment and stolen time on copy machines. By 2000, the cultural artifacts of this movement had started to migrate from basements and storage units to community and university archives, establishing new sites of storytelling and political activism. The Archival Turn in Feminism chronicles these important cultural artifacts and their collection, cataloging, preservation, and distribution. Cultural studies scholar Kate Eichhorn examines institutions such as the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University, The Riot Grrrl Collection at New York University, and the Barnard Zine Library. She also profiles the archivists who have assembled these significant feminist collections. Eichhorn shows why young feminist activists, cultural producers, and scholars embraced the archive, and how they used it to stage political alliances across eras and generations.A volume in the American Literatures Initiative
Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 407 mm
"Eichhorn uses this book to argue passionately that collecting-that is, archiving-feminism and its by-products is never without deep context, rich history, and radical foresight."-Bitch magazine
"Eichhorn has produced an original and incisive addition to the increasingly lively and crowded international debate around archives, feminism and activism.... Her book is a particularly welcome intervention into current debates."-Australian Feminist Studies