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Scholars Day: April 9, 2014

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Growing up Graphic: The Iconic Coming-of-Age Experience in Persepolis

This paper focuses on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir, Persepolis, to demonstrate how the autographic requires the reader to assume an active role in the narrative and thereby comprehend the story as an empathetic insider to the narrator rather than a detached outsider. The writer utilizes Scott McCloud’s methods and theories to examine the novel’s use of space and design and how these affect reader involvement. She also considers the impact that Satrapi’s artistic choices have on the interpretation of both the text and the images. Using McCloud’s theories of faces and mirroring, the writer demonstrates how Persepolis exemplifies the iconic nature of the self portrait in the autographic. The paper contends that Satrapi’s novel is more than an autobiographical tale of otherness in Western society; rather, Marji is an icon of the otherness of youth and Persepolis is a universal coming-of-age experience for young adult readers.

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Presenter: Erin Brewer (Graduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 219 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm Session III