When working on this Tracing Persepolis project, I found myself really aiming to tie the similarities and differences amongst my two tracings with the themes Marjane Satrapi conveyed through her memoir. Another goal for my tracings were to really focus on the color, saturation, placement of panels, perspective, framing of the panels within the pages, and the relationship between the elements on the page. They all played an integral part in the overall interpretation of the graphic novel and I really wanted to be able to focus on that by either leaving out or emphasizing certain details on the page.
I found it challenging to find the reason behind Satrapi’s different placement of panels and the different shading on some panels. I found the differences between the tracings of the pages, but I had a difficult time figuring out what the purpose of it was. However, I went back to our notes in class and read through the themes that Satrapi seemed to convey through the memoir and I tied that in with the way she drew the panels. This project was really interesting in that I’ve never analyzed graphic novels in such a way before and it allowed me to really explore a whole different aspect of literature.
The task of Tracing Persepolis has been challenging, rewarding, and full of lead. Thanks to this project, I have attained a better understanding of Persepolis. At first, I was concerned about how I would write so much, but the words flew by. It took me a good while to wrap my head around the idea of changing my entire perception of a paper to satisfy this assignment’s requirements, but by the end, I now feel somewhat more confident in my ability to do so. I am hopeful that my explanations come across as they do in my head. I am optimistic that by the end of this revision period, I will have strengthened my ability even more.
You can find the guidelines here, and can find my project on my website here.
When I began the “Tracing Persepolis” assignment I was unsure what to expect. Never before have I posted a project in the form of a web page. My first instinct was to simply write a paper, break it into parts, and add it to the web page. I quickly realized this would be insufficient.
Instead of taking the traditional approach to the assignment, I based my writing on the web pages. Once I had created the web pages the direction of the assignment became clear. In the end, I enjoyed this project much more than the traditional paper. I felt that I could create a more complete idea with the web page , because I was able to use links and pictures to compliment my work. The learning experience was also more comprehensive. I enhanced my writing and critical thinking skills, but I also increased my breadth of knowledge about how to set up web pages.
If you would like to see the pages for yourself simply visit Tracing Persepolis.
After nights of hunched backs, black knuckles, and furious typing, I have completed my first draft of my project, Tracing Persepolis: A Journey.
My goal for this project was to get the idea of Marjane’s coming of age across– from fierce idealist, adamant on becoming the next Prophet, to unsure adolescent, torn between keeping the image her parents had of her or keeping the only friends-turned-family she has in Austria. I worried that it would take so long to write 750 words but the maximum word amount breezed by as I was reaching a thousand, to even 1500 words. After revisions, I hope my argument can become clear, cohesive, and characteristic of my work.
Here is David’s original post for our project.
Where applicable, use MLA Formatting and Style principles in your writing for this class. Obviously, you should not worry about such issues as headers and margins and the other stylistic requirements that apply to the printed page, but when you quote sources, use the MLA in-text citation guidelines just as you would if you were writing a traditional paper.
If the only source you are quoting from in your tracing project is Persepolis, you do not need a Works Cited page for this project, but you should have an MLA citation for the text on your splash page. ((If you want to include that citation as a footnote, you might install a plug-in called Civil Footnotes.))
If you have relied on other sources in your project and they are not online, then you should include an MLA citation for those sources as well. If you have relied on online resources in your project, link internally to that work as you do so and include an MLA citation for those sources.
Once again, all of the Tracing Persepolis project should exist on your site as pages, with a splash page and then a series of subpages underneath that page. The splash page and subpages should be included as menu items on your site for the class.
After you are entirely finished with your project, by midnight tonight, write a blog post that includes a link to the splash page for your project. This blog post will syndicate to the course feed and will serve as mechanism by which you “turn in” this project. Besides the link to the splash page, you should also link to the assignment page. Tag your post “tracing persepolis” and with any other tags you want.
I also want you to write a paragraph or two of reflection in that post–explain what your main goals for the project were, what you found challenging about meeting those goals, and how you attempted to solve those challenges.
(image credit: “231 by Flickr user Jay Peg)