World Literature – Persepolis (MS only) (hannah)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

Persepolis is a graphic novel memoir by Marjane Satrapi. 10-year-old Marji narrates the story, sharing her experiences of a changing political, social, and cultural landscape in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution.

Marji discusses how her family’s secular ideas and background exposed her to different political thoughts, ideologies, and philosophies. The ideas she learns at home often clash with what is being taught at school, which confuses Marji and leaves her wondering about where she stands and her future. 

In this class, we will read the book together, discuss, and practice analytical writing. We will examine the genre of graphic novel memoir. We will study the history of Iran and the Islamic Revolution, making connections to the current state of revolution happening in Iran right now. The class will culminate by watching the excellent film adaptation of the graphic novel.

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