The eye of Persepolis’ tiger : how melancholy and nostalgia resonate through Satrapi’s animated film

Kosmidou, S and Corbin, K 2016, 'The eye of Persepolis’ tiger : how melancholy and nostalgia resonate through Satrapi’s animated film' , Scene, 4 (1) , pp. 51-61.

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Abstract

Will Eisner coined the term sequential art to refer to comic strips/books and graphic novels, while arguing that this distinct discipline not only has much in common with film-making but it is in fact a forerunner to film-making. Sequential art is a powerful form of popular culture. However, the scholarly community has generally ignored this popular form of art. This article discusses the animated film Persepolis (Paronnaud and Satrapi, 2007) and explores the ways in which animation is used. We analyse this film in terms of the cultural memory discourse and suggest that this film not only creates a melancholic cultural memory of the past it negotiates, but also, paradoxically, it generates a nostalgic one. As we shall argue, the film’s inherent melancholy and nostalgia allegorically communicate a quest for identity in our present-day societies.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Scene
Publisher: Intellect Ltd
ISSN: 2044-3714
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Depositing User: S Kosmidou
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2017 10:10
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2017 13:59
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/44171

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