ERIC Number: EJ830547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Material Realities in the Basic Writing Classroom: Intersections of Discovery for Young Women Reading "Persepolis 2"
Bernstein, Susan Naomi
Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), v27 n1 p80-104 2008
This essay focuses on how young women students in a first-year, first-quarter basic reading and writing course wrote about their connections to the process of identity development as portrayed in the graphic novel "Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return" by Marjane Satrapi. While the circumstances of becoming a student in a required university-sanctioned remedial course in an urban Midwestern university differed greatly from Marjane's privileged education at a French lycee in Vienna, these women, not unlike Marjane, dealt with struggles against marginality and invisibility in a bureaucratic and unfamiliar environment. Exploring the correspondences of coming-of-age for both my students and the novel's main character, Marjane, I demonstrate the use of the graphic novel as a means for renegotiating students' agency and identity beyond fixed categories of gender, race, and class, as well as institutional definitions of the basic writer.
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Females, Novels, Self Concept, Reader Text Relationship, Discovery Processes, Student Experience, College Freshmen, Urban Universities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio