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From Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi, translated by Mattias Ripa & Blake Ferris, translation
Copyright (c) 2003 by L'Association, Paris, France. Used by permission of Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Graphic Novels


Why do you think Satrapi chose to tell her story using a graphical format? What does this combination of words and images make possible that words alone would not?

Comics have sometimes been looked down upon in American culture. Do you believe graphic novels are legitimate literature? Why or why not?


Carrier, David. The Aesthetics of Comics. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000. PN6710 .C35 2000

Carter, James Bucky, ed. Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels: Page by Page, Panel by Panel. Urbana: National Council of Teachers of English, 2007. LB1631 .B773 2007

Eisner, Will. Comics and Sequential Art: Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist. New York: W.W. Norton, 2008. Click to request

Eisner, Will. Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative: Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist. New York, W.W. Norton, 2008.  Click to request

Eisner, Will, Scott McCloud and Denis Kitchen. Life, in Pictures: Autobiographical Stories.  New York: W.W. Norton., 2007.  Click to request

Harvey, Robert C. The Art of the Funnies: An Aesthetic History. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. PN6710 .H35 1994

Varnum, Robin, and Christina T. Gibbons. The Language of Comics: Word and Image. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001. NC1355 .L36 2001

Weiner, Stephen. Faster than a Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel.  New York: NBM Publishing, 2003. PN6710 .W45 2003

Brenner, Robin. "the lair -- graphic novel reviews." no flying, no tights. 2003. http://www.noflyingnotights.com/lair/

"Cartoon America: A Library of Congress Exhibition." Library of Congress. Nov. 21, 2006. http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/cartoonamerica/

"The Comic Book Project." Center for Educational Pathways. 2009. http://www.comicbookproject.org/aboutnf.htm

"Comics, Underground Comix, and Comic Strips." Lambiek. Oct. 24, 2004. http://lambiek.net/comics/index.htm

Ellis, Allen. "Comic Art in Scholarly Writing: A Citation Guide." Comic Art and Comics Area, Popular Culture Association. Sept. 15, 2002. http://www.comicsresearch.org/CAC/cite.html

"Exhibitions - Masters of American Comics." Hammer Museum. 2006. http://hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/detail/exhibition_id/103

"ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies." Department of English at the University of Florida. http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/

Kannenberg, Jr, Gene. "ComicsResearch.org." Aug. 15, 2009. http://www.comicsresearch.org/

Lavin, Michael R. "Recommended for Teen Readers." Graphic Novels: Resources for Teachers & Librarians - University at Buffalo Libraries. Jul. 28, 2008. http://library.buffalo.edu/libraries/asl/guides/graphicnovels/recommend/

"MoCCA - Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art." http://www.moccany.org/

Moore, Michael. "Underground Comix Collection." California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Robert E. Kennedy Library Special Collections. 1997. http://lib.calpoly.edu/spec_coll/comix/

"Recommended Reading List." Friends of Lulu. http://friendsoflulu.wordpress.com/recommended-reading-list/

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