IB Graphic Novels: Persepolis- Marjane Satrapi

PERSEPOLIS is one of the texts that is studied as part of the IB English language / Literature. These are some of the very valuable resources that were shared at an IB workshop held on 25th October 2017.



The graphic novel has entered the literary world and with its entry forces the reader to reconsider how a story can be told. The introduction of the image into any novel presents a new set of possibilities for the author and a new way to converse with the reader.


Follow the links below for excellent introduction on how to read a graphic novel with specific regard to the techniques used in Persepolis

This is an introduction as to how to read a graphic novel and also includes a Tedx talk by

TEDxDartmouth 2011- Michael Chaney: How to Read a Graphic Novel – March 6, 2011

A column, which  examines books that have been targeted by censors and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the use of such books in classrooms.

Persepolis: A Close Reading- University of Warwick, English and Comparative Literary Studies  

This article reviews the relationship between narrative and graphics.

This academic paper explores the relationship between identity and purpose in the graphic novel

This academic paper challenges the myth that graphic novels are over simplistic and incapable of conveying complex ideas

This academic paper explores  the art and illustration behind Persepolis.

This is a column written from  a student’s perspective, looking at and discussing what the term “Comic Studies” really entails.

Marjane Satrapi has repeatedly highlighted, through talks about Persepolis as both graphic memoir and film, how significant it is for her audience to perceive her tale as relatable. She seeks sympathy, not for herself, but for the Iranian people and those who suffer. This is a review of the ambiguous and simplistic style of her comic panels reflects this desire, much contrary to the more traditional style of twentieth century comics.

  • “Nuance and Depth Needed”
    This is a critique review of the graphic style of Persepolis by Clare Hurley. She questions if this type of narrative form can further explain the ideas within the plot of Persepolis, asking herself and the readers if the graphic novel can “successfully handle material that is complex and contradictory” (Hurley, n.p.). Throughout the article she takes us through the historical contexts of Persepolisand analyzes what ideologies and perspectives, and the lack of further explanation following such assertions, that are perceived from Persepolis.
  • Analysis Of Graphic Novel In Persepolis: The Story Of A Childhood”This article discusses the strengths of the use of a graphic novel and compares it to other literary forms.
  • Graphic Novel Review
    This is a review of the style of the graphic novel that is used to tell the story of Persepolis. It is an article written by the average Joe/Jane from Yahoo.
  • A Purpose Through The Graphic Novel
  • Embracing Diversity Through Graphic Novels