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Drawing from LifeMemory and Subjectivity in Comic Art$
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Jane Tolmie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039058

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039058.001.0001

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A Female Prophet?

A Female Prophet?

Authority and Inheritance in Marjane Satrapi

(p.241) A Female Prophet?
Drawing from Life

Rachel Trousdale

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines how personal and public rebellions coincide and the ways in which bearing witness not only engages with universal narratives but also produces individuals/individualism. Drawing on Marjane Satrapi’s memoir Persepolis, it stresses the importance of carrying one’s own moral authority within himself. It considers the apparent conflict between West and East, modernity and fundamentalism, individualism and collectivity, in Persepolis. It also discusses Satrapi’s constant attempts to replace prescriptive with descriptive storytelling, and traditional authority figures with family-sanctioned self-determination. Finally, the chapter looks at the juxtaposition of God and Karl Marx in Persepolis.

Keywords:   individualism, Marjane Satrapi, memoir, Persepolis, moral authority, modernity, fundamentalism, self-determination, God, Karl Marx

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