Satrapi

Satrapi, however, utilizes this state of being caught in between cultures by consciously narrating her story with the use of an autoethnographic text. As explained by this terms creator, Marie Louise Pratt, “an autoethnographic text (is)…a text in which people undertake to describe themselves in ways that engage with representations others have made of them” (Pratt 35). By choosing to narrate her story through the use of a graphic novel- which is an extremely popular mode of storytelling in Western culture- Satrapi is able to converse with her audience about a contrasting culture while using a medium they understand. This way, she can also converse with her audience as an equal, as not only as an outsider. Thus, although Persepolis is a novel directed to a Western audience, Satrapi can also communicate an active postcolonial critique of Western representations of culture, politics and people -particularly women- in Islamic countries.