Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Alienation and estrangement: no, we are no strangers to such things. With raw humor and overt imagery, Marjane Satrapi illustrates this turbulent memoir of self vs. society that is at once universal and uniquely cultural. This graphic novel (yes, graphic novel! the hybrid form of comic book and novel combined!) traces the coming-of-age of an Iranian teenager in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution of the 1970s and the Iran-Iraq War. But do not be fooled by the supposed allure of a reading assignment that looks like a comic book. In Persepolis you will find a graphic tale that catalyses both visual and literary dialogue regarding the individual´s role in the grander scheme of collective history.
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This assignment will be due by the end of the first week of school with 5 points extra credit if turned in on the first day of class. Late work will result in a deduction of 5 points per day.
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