Freshman Voltaire's Coffee: Professor Wettlaufer presents Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Wed, August 31, 2011 • 7:00 PM
Alexandra Wettlaufer, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi; August 31.
Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.
Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom-- Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.
Alexandra K. Wettlaufer is a professor of French and Comparative Literature, specializing in 19th-century literature and the visual arts. She also serves as Associate Director of Plan II. Her most recent book, Portraits of the Artist as a Young Woman: Painting and the Novel in France and Britain, 1800-1860 was published in March 2011.