November 15, 2012
Research Question: According to the authors, what are the greatest obstacles facing Middle Eastern Woman?
Root, Robert. “Interview with Marjane Satrapi.” Fourth Genre: Exploration in Nonfiction 9.2
In the Article “Interview with Marjane Satrapi,” Root begins with speaking about the growing influence of graphic literature in the culture. He tells how he thinks graphic literature has crossed into the mainstream with highly successful and critical acclaimed works like Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize. He says that Graphic Memoirs are able to approximate the narrative elements if the traditional textual memoir. Memoirs revolve around authors efforts to understand a parent as well as to understand him or herself. He explains how he believes that Marjane Satrapi is one graphic author who attained prominence in graphic novels, because she drew and wrote hers. Roots ask Satrapi about the illustration and the “nonfictioness” of her books at they are compared to Art Spiegelman’s Maus and to Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home as graphic novels instead of graphic memoirs since they are autobiographical on some level. Satrapi replies by stating that as soon as a story is written it is a story not a documentary. It has some fiction because if she was to be truthful it would hurt other people beliefs and then she will be judging a person. She talks about how when she draws and writes it gives her a sense of humor that’s why she didn’t write a novel because it would take away from what she is good at. She talks about how she and Azar Nafisi come from a government where the country decided that they are half of men. Satrapi repeatedly say if u want the truth go to New York Times and USA Today. She believes that her work should be read as a story and the truth in a novel. She says that she has to preserve her personal life and that she had to cheat in some of her stories because it is a story. She talks about how she is portrayed nasty and explains that she is only human and looking for perfection is just a lost cause. She speaks about being nasty and if she is portrayed that way if there is a god, the shame should be the god that created her in this way. She speaks about her maturity as being the moment she stop justifying for herself. Her limits are described as her freedom stopping when the freedom of others starts. Satrapi whole argument is that because she embarks on new journeys and illustrates it on paper it’s a story and nothing more and nothing less. It is her story and her life it is just "fictionized" for the interest of the readers and the protection of people. Assessment
Robert Root “Interview with Marjane Satrapi,” allows many people with speculation of what category Satrapi works are to truth. It allows readers to understand her inspiration and her reason for her choice of work through drawing illustration. Although she talks about her life it is just a story and others shouldn’t search so hard for the truth they should just enjoy the works. She speaks about how where she grew up in Tehran the woman was devalued when it came to men. Many of her stories were written from her journey through life and how she glad that she was able to speak about her experiences.
Ghorashi, Halleh. “Ayaan Hirsi Ali: daring or dogmatic? Debates on multiculturalism
and emancipation in the Netherlands, In: toon van Meijl, Henk Driessen (Hrsg):
Multiple identifications and the self. Stitching Focaal.” Utrecht 2003 s. 163-172
In the Article “Ayaan Hirsi Ali: daring or dogmatic? Debates on multiculturalism and emancipation in the Netherlands, In: toon van Meijl, Henk Driessen (Hrsg): Multiple identifications and the self. Stitching Focaal,” by Halleh Ghorashi she talks about how she once viewed Ayaan Hirsi as a strong woman who fought for her ideas; someone who dared to distance herself from her traditional, Islamic...
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