Memoir as Iranian exile cultural production: A case study of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis series

  title={Memoir as Iranian exile cultural production: A case study of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis series},
  author={Amy Malek},
  journal={Iranian Studies},
  pages={353 - 380}
  • Amy Malek
  • Published 3 August 2006
  • Art
  • Iranian Studies
In this essay, Iranian exile cultural production is examined via a cultural studies approach, applying Hamid Naficy's work on the concept of liminality and its productive potential to analyze the Iranian women's memoir phenomenon of the past eleven years. Focus is placed primarily upon Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis, which is analyzed as part of this larger memoir phenomenon. I will argue that Persepolis is a prime example of exile cultural production—as a site for experimentation… 
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