Fall 2010 Voltaire's Coffee: Professor Wettlaufer
Mon, August 30, 2010 • 7:00 PM • Professor Wettlaufer's home; Maps provided to those registered in this VC
Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, led by Dr. Alexandra Wettlaufer, Associate Director of Plan II Honors Program and Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature
Monday, August 30, 2010
About the book:
Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, this graphic novel tells the story of Satrapi's life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of the war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Intensely personal, profoundly political, at once funny and heart-breaking, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression.
About the professor:
Alexandra Wettlaufer is an Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature and Associate Director of the Plan II Honors Program. She specializes in the relationship between painting and literature in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. She received her BA from Princeton and a PhD from Columbia University. Her publications include Pen vs Paintbrush: Girodet, Balzac and the Myth of Pygmalion (St Martins Press, 2001), In the Minds Eye: The Visual Impulse in Prose (Rodopi, 2003) and articles on Baudelaire, Ruskin, Turner, George Sand, and Flora Tristan. She was awarded the Presidents Fellows Teaching Award in 2000 and the Blunk Professorship in Teaching and Advising in 2007.