In this essay I explore the increasing use of autobiographical graphic novels by Iranian writers as a means of forging identity and reacting to political events in Iran. I analyze the ways in which the intersecting roles of autobiographical and graphic components (namely the use of framing) of novels such as Persepolis, An Iranian Metamorphosis, and Zahra’s Paradise create a particularly subjective narrative. I argue that this subjectivity gives weight to the nationalist and often feminist focus of the novels in a way that makes readers more likely to accept these sentiments. Finally, I examine the ways in which the novels respond to and work with the Orientalist discourse created by Western nations as that discourse relates to Iran.
Funk, Max M.
"The Use of the Autobiographical Graphic Novel by Iranian Authors as a Means of Forging Nationalist and Feminist Identity,"
International ResearchScape Journal: Vol. 4
, Article 9.
Available at: http://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/irj/vol4/iss1/9