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ENGL 2Q99 th March 12 , 2013 2nd paper  Due April 26 in lecture if you want commentary back th  Due by April 8 at midnight digitally on Sakai drop box if you are content with just a numerical mark (won’t be guaranteed to get your mark back before the exam)  See note on Sakai for topics 1. Immigrant experience: - Idea of movement in Daughter of Fortune - How does gender complicate the idea of migration/Immigration? 4. - Birthrights - Internal vs. external locus of control - *** Persepolis: her changes, were they a part of her growing up, or did they happen because of the changes around her and she had to adapt - Push: internal v. external loco and whether she thinks its her fault or due to something else that made her this way (ex. Since she is black and female life is harder for her as the minority) Research styled paper: must include secondary sources (scholarly articles) - On brock libraries: MLA International Library Database - Be careful not to use more then 3 … don’t focus too much on the research but more on proving your argument The Complete Persepolis Bildungsroman  Story of development, “coming of age”  Restricted by gender; usually stories about males, and written by males Comic book/graphic novel format  Male dominated culture in terms of author/producer and consumer  Robert Crumb, Art Speigelman (famous male comic writers) Ethnicity Stereotypes  Western perspective: stripped of agency, serving to a male figure (father and husband)  Uneducated/illiterate  Exotic; object of sexual interest (belly dancing)  Presented as being completely opposite to western women, almost like a completely different gender (idea of a 3 gender)  This novel speaks to the universality of life; everyone falls in love, everyone has difficulty relating to peer groups, urge to fit in  “The Talk”  In north America we talk about the middle east all the time, but only have one language for it; it's a foreign entity with people that we could not understand, and is completely alien to any type of western thought  It’s only ever one story of the middle east  The Iran that Satrapi shows us is that Iran really isn’t the backward cave society that is so often presented; she has functioning family, certain level of sophistication  Transcend racial differences  You learn Marjane is a huge Michael Jackson fan; she is not the traditional Iranian woman that American stereotypes these women to be  Top of pg. 132: She’s dealing with the black marketers and they are whispering as she walked by (just like scalpers at a concert)  Iranian women have a complexity to them: just like the marketers try to sell music CD’s at one table, and chess sets at another; so oppositional  Idea of women as guardians of the revolution  Marjane is always lying about the things she is wearing she is willing to face the challenge to live under fundamentalist control, and is clever enough to work her way around it and exist as she wishes to (only outward sign though, is the veil)  First comic strip: The Veil  imposed and not a choice  Pg. 233  when she just broke up with Marcus because he cheated, in order to go home she has to put the veil back on; Wondering where all her family is to help her in this difficult time; in the midst of her lust she realizes she needs her parents. Ends up being homeless and very sick, and when they are assessing her sickness she realizes that what she is going through in terms of her breakup with Marcus is really nothing.  Pg. 241  Was surprised that nothing else hurt her (the bombings, the war in Iran, her family members dying, etc.) but now this breakup kills her heart and she then rea
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