Common Reading Initiative
2017 Selection: Persepolis
An internationally acclaimed, best-selling graphic novel will be the 2017-18 Common Read at Mississippi University for Women.
Recommended by a cross-campus committee of faculty and staff, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's memoir of a girl coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
From the publisher:
In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.
About the Common Reading Initiative
The Common Reading Initiative (CRI) at Mississippi University for Women draws on our rich literary heritage and builds on The W's tradition of excellence in teaching to:
- Develop intellectual community among students, staff, and faculty outside the traditional classroom,
- Foster intellectual curiosity, inquiry, and responsibility among all groups,
- Deepen understanding of issues raised in significant books, and
- Provide opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to engage socially in meaningful ways.
Book cover used with permission of Penguin Random House Academic Resources.