By applying terminology from trauma theory and a methodological approach from comics scholarship, this essay discusses three graphic autobiographies of women. These are A Game for Swallows by Zeina Abirached (trans. Edward Gauvin, 2012), We are on our Own by Miriam Katin (2006), and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (trans. Anjali Singh, 2004). Two issues are at the centre of the investigation: the strategies by which these works engage in the much-debated issues of representing gendered violence, and the representation of the ways traumatized daughters and their mothers deal with the identity crises caused by war.
Presents literary criticism of the books "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" by Harriet Jacobs, "I, Rigoberta Menchú" by Rigoberta Menchú, and "Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood" by Marjane Satrapi. The authors discuss these works, all autobiographies, in light of the theme of girls in need of rescue in colonial histories. The authors address themes of race, girlhood, transnationalism, neoliberalism, and postcolonialism in the texts in light of feminist studies.
The article analyzes the rhetorical presentation of cultural, national, religious and personal identity negotiations in the books "Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood" and "Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return," by Marjane Satrapi. Readers were urged to examine their Western identity and perspective on Iranian identity in the identity negotiation portrayal. Satrapi left Iran after the 1978-1979 Revolution as a 14-year-old. Religion and politics were separated by Satrapi in her personal domain.
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