Using Graphic Narratives to Teach Critical Visual Literacy
6 From the Inside/Outside: Persepolis, Nylon Road, and A Game for Swallows
From the Inside/Outside: Persepolis, Nylon Road, and A Game for Swallows
The series entitled Persepolis (Satrapi, 2003, 2004) is a contemporary classic in the genre of the graphic narrative, often cited as a text that provides a critical window into Iranian experience during and after the Iranian Revolution. The two books in this series tell the life story of author Marjane Satrapi, through her childhood in Tehran, Iran and her tumultuous transition to live in Europe. Nylon Road is a lesser-known graphic memoir by Parsua Bashi (2009), an Iranian woman who is now living in Europe. Though many details of their biographies are similar, the authors create very different graphic narratives of their experiences. Both of these texts provide a counternarrative about lives of Iranians to the ones that Americans encounter on the evening news, which focus on the regime’s hatred of America and its quest to obtain nuclear weapons. A Game for Swallows (Abirached, 2012) is the story of the author’s childhood home in Beirut, Lebanon, during the civil war that shattered homes and lives. As with the other graphic memoirs in this chapter, this text gives American readers a first-person narrative of life in countries and conflicts that are often unknown or misrepresented in the mass media. ← 115 | 116 →
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (2003) is the most celebrated graphic narrative in the West about the Middle East. The narrative series recounts the...
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