Further Resources

Below is an array of sources for you to consult if you wish to investigate The Complete Persepolis further.



Ghadishah, Arash. "Questions for Marjane Satrapi". ABC News. 22 February 2008.

Hattenstone, Simon. "Confessions of Miss Mischief". The Guardian. 28 March 2008.

Parker, Emily. “Words and Pictures of an Iranian Exile". Wall Street Journal. 20 December 2007.

Root, Robert. "Interview with Marjane Satrapi". Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction9:2 (2007). 147-157.

Solomon, Deborah. "Revolutionary Spirit: Questions for Marjane Satrapi". New YorkTimes. 21 October 2007.

Tully, Annie. "An Interview with Marjane Satrapi". Bookslut. October 2004.

Walt, Vivienne. "Never Mind the Mullahs". Mother Jones. February 2008.

The Graphic Novel as Literary Form

Chute, Hillary and M. DeKoven. “Introduction: Graphic Narrative”. Modern Fiction Studies 52.4 (2006). 767-782.

McCloud, Scott. Reinventing Comics. Perennial: New York, 2000.

McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. Harper Perennial: New York, 1994. Scott McCloud's website


Articles and Reviews

Chute, Hillary. "The Texture of Retracing in Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis". Women'sStudies Quarterly 36:1-2 (2008). 92-110.

Davis, Rocío G. "A Graphic Self: Comics as autobiography in Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis".

Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism 27:3 (2005). 264-279.

Eberstadt, Fernanda. "God Looked Like Marx". New York Times. 11 May 2003.

Hajdu, David. "Persian Miniatures". Bookforum: New York, 2004.

Naghibi, Nima & O'Malley, Andrew. "Estranging the Familiar: 'East' and 'West' in Satrapi's  Persepolis". English Studies in Canada 31:2-3 (2005). 223-248.

Broader Contexts        

Alizadeh, Parvin. “Iran’s Quandary: Economic Reforms and the ‘Structural Trap’”. TheBrown Journal of World Affairs 9:2 (2003). 267-281.

Göçek, Fatma Müge & Balaghi, Shiva. Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East: Tradition, Identity, and Power . Columbia University Press: New York, 1994.

Najmabadi, Afsaneh. "(Un)Veiling Feminism". Social Text 18:3 (2000). 29-45.

Sikand, Yoginder. "Understanding Islamic Feminism: Interview With Ziba Mir-Hosseini".CounterCurrents. 7 February 2007.

Tehran Bureau: An independent source of news on Iran and the Iranian Diaspora (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/)


Middle East Research and Information Project

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago: Ancient Iran & Persepolis


Afkhami, Mahnaz & Friedl, ErikaIn the Eye of the Storm : Women in Post-Revolutionary Iran. Syracuse University Press: Syracuse, 1994.

Dumas, Firoozeh. Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America. Random House: New York, 2003.

Fernea, Elizabeth Warnock. Remembering Childhood in the Middle East: Memoirs Froma Century of Change. University of Texas Press: Austin, 2002.

Mir-Hosseini, Ziba. Islam and Gender: The Religious Debate in ContemporaryIranPrinceton University Press: Princeton, 1999.

Nafisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran. Random House: New York, 2003.

Najmabadi, Afsaneh. Women with Mustaches and Men Without Beards: Gender andSexual Anxieties of Iranian ModernityUniversity of California Press: Berkeley, 2005.

Owen, Roger. State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern MiddleEastRoutledge: London, 2004.

Parsipur, Shahrnush. Women Without Men: a Novella. trans. Kamran Talattof & Jocelyn Sharlet. Syracuse. Syracuse University Press: Syracuse, 1998. 

Saikal, Amin & Schnabel, Albrecht. Democratization in the Middle East: Experiences,Struggles, ChallengesUnited Nations University Press: Tokyo, 2003. 


Other Works by Marjane Satrapi

Ajdar; Bordados; Chicken with Plums; De Muzikant (with Toon Dohmen); Embroideries; Monsters are Afraid of the Moon (with Jill Davis)