12 March 2014

First Post! Response to Persepolis Excerpts

For our first blog post, we're going to spend a little more time on Marjane Satapi's Persepolis, answering these questions in addition to a brief summary of the chapters we read.

These questions should get us thinking about what it means to write a visual/verbal memoir:

  1. Does Marjane Satrapi seem like a believable character to you? Why?
  2. Why would Satrapi tell this story? 
  3. Apart from this being a story about a girl from an oppressive, war-torn country, how is Persepolis just a stereotypical coming-of-age story? Is that a good or bad aspect of the comic?
  4. This novel is about a woman’s experience from a woman’s point of view, so how and why might that matter in a comic?
Be sure to cite examples from the text. And keep your answers to these questions in mind as you write your own Personal Narrative.

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

References: These questions were adapted from Maureen Bakis' The Graphic Novel Classroom.

Update: Here's the link to the video we began watching in class, in case you'd like to see the rest!

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