Sunday, May 01, 2011

The Complete Persepolis (by Marjane Satrapi)

The last book I taught in my World Literature course. Really a lot of fun to discuss; the graphic novel made a nice change of pace to round out the end of the semester, and the final papers were on the whole super smart. Again, it's been a while, so I'm trying to remember what we talked about. I know we talked about feminism in Iran; Marjane's character as a metaphor for the Iranian people; the importance of the "simple" visual style; the importance of the amount of "real estate" the graphics took up; the theme of art in general, and the subversiveness of the graphic novel form; the role of Western culture; the controversy over the book's portrayal of Islam; other interesting shit like that. An excellent teaching book.

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