Chaney, Michael A. Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels. The University of Wisconsin Press, 2011.

Engelberg, Miriam. Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person: A Memoir in Comics. , 2006. Print.

Georgis, Dina. “Bearing Cancer in Graphic Memoir.” Canadian Woman Studies/Les Cahiers de La Femme, vol. 28, no. 2–3, 2010, pp. 105-109. EBSCOhost,search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mlf&AN=2015701671&site=ehost-live.

Lorde, Audre. The Cancer Journals. San Francisco, CA: Aunt Lute Books, 2007. Print.

Meiners, Katherine T. “Imagining Cancer: Sara Coleridge and the Environment of Illness.” Literature and Medicine, vol. 15, no. 1, 1996, pp. 48–63. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mlf&AN=1998071035&site=ehost-live.

Stoddard Holmes, Martha. “Cancer Comics: Narrating Cancer through Sequential Art.” Tulsa Studies in Womens Literature, vol. 33, no. 1, University of Tulsa, Mar. 2014, pp. 147–62.

Smith, Sidonie, and Julia Watson. Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives. 2nd ed., University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Print.

Satrapi, Marjane. The Complete Persepolis. Pantheon, 2004.

 

Waples, Emily. “Avatars, Illness, and Authority: Embodied Experience in Breast Cancer autopathographics.(Essay).” Configurations, vol. 22, no. 2, Johns Hopkins University Press, Mar. 2014, pp. 153–81, doi:10.1353/con.2014.0011.

Gardner, Kirsten E. “Disruption and Cancer Narratives: From Awareness to Advocacy.” Literature and Medicine, vol. 28, no. 2, 2009, pp. 333–350. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mlf&AN=2011025542&site=ehost-live.

How to Get through the Day with Pain and Sadness: Temporality and Disability in Graphic Novels

 

My experience with this research paper was insightful. It was clear to me that I did want to work on a graphic memoir no matter which subject it might be talking about. I did enjoy reading Persepolis by Marjane Satarpi during this semester, and I knew the profound impact the graphic memoir has on its readers, so I preferred to choose a graphic memoir to work on for my final research paper. Moreover, I have noticed that I was more into the illness genre. I feel that it has a strong message for the readers, so I chose to work on Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person by Meriam Engelberg, and it is a graphic memoir that describes how illness, might lead to a profound change in the person’s life in various aspects.

Conducting information and collecting various sources and investigating them was an interesting process. I was keen to look for more sources from Marymount Library so my research paper become strong and informative. As an English major, this process served me well as I was required to write a lot of papers in different topics.

As for my strengths and weaknesses, I found myself very well at writing, collecting data from different sources, and use it correctly. However, I still struggle in the citation part as I saw it the hardest part in writing any paper.  I was doing a lot of search on how to use sources and include them in the paper smoothly and appropriately, also to cite them correctly in MLA format.

I did like that we have been working on the research paper for a while, which led us to know exactly what we wanted to work on and which topic we were interested to do the research paper on. Also, that made us have the good sources, and enough materials to support our research paper. Moreover, the workshops we went through during this semester were a huge support and it did help me a lot. It helped me reorganize my thoughts and ideas and make the research paper more interesting and powerful.

The presentation format is not the best one for most of the students. I think that doing a five minutes’ presentation to talk about a 10-page research paper does not really make sense, especially that English Department faculty would attend our presentations. We will be keen to present our topics in depth and details as it was written on the research paper. I wish also that we could play some videos that talk about our topic to make the presentation more interesting, not boring.  As an international student, English is not my first language, and it is not easy to me to talk in seminars or events like this. So talking for only five minutes is hard and simultaneously boring. It put me in a place that I do not have enough room to express my topic. Which will make me nervous, and that I believe might affect my performance and grades.

 

Extra Credit Reflection

            I was interested to attend Sarah Roberson’s talk that was held last Thursday in Ballston Center. As an English creative writing major, that kind of talks would be a great opportunity for me in various ways, such as improving my creative writing skills, building my own style, and understanding the fact that not all people are going to like what I am writing, as Sarah has told us. She talked about how many publishers did not like her novel, and that is a normal thing any writer could face during his writing journey.

Moreover, when I attended the talk, I was thrilled about what she took us through. She has read a bit from chapter 9 from her novel. It was about a woman who is struggling in accepting the fact that she has cancer, and will face hair loss.

In addition, the talk really helped me because I am doing my seminar research paper on breast cancer and its effects on femininity and self-esteem in women who suffer from Caner. It was kind of another helpful source for my paper as it also considers an illness memoir that I am doing my research paper on.

The thing that really hooked my attention and shocked me is when Sarah told us that if we wanted our work to be published, we would have to pay so much, tax, hire someone to make the front cover, and another person to write a brief description on the back of the book.

Indeed, I purchased her novel and it was for only $10, which is great. And I am planning to start reading it once I finish final exams.

Final Research Proposal/ Annotated Bibliography

Final Draft

Final Research Proposal

            For my final research, I will be discussing the graphic memoirs impact on memoir and how readers receive it, and how people react on it. Usually people tend to read written books especially in certain topics that are serious and required focus in details such as history, politics, and illness. However, with graphic memoir readers can understand and grasp the important and serious topics and know its details easier, such as The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satarpi, it discusses a serious politics and religious situation that has happened in Iran. It is easy going and interesting. In addition, People from different ages read it and understood it very well. Therefore, I will be discussing how graphic memoirs might affect people’s perspective on various topics including cancer, and how even with the graphics and comics the memoir does not lose its profound meaning.

Moreover, I will analyze the graphic memoir Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person by Miriam Engelberg which is categorized under the category of the illness and brief memoir, which is Narrative of grief, mourning, and reparation and it is considered autothnatography as well. In Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person, Miriam Engelberg was able to describe cancer to people, especially women, very clearly.

To strengthen my final research essay, I will be using the Reading Autobiography by Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson. It will support my ideas and proof some facts and theories about this topic. For my memoir, I will be using some terms from the Reading Autobiography, such as illness memoir and graphic memoir.

Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person by Miriam Engelberg mainly talks about an adult woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then, it shows the readers the stages the author passed through during her treatment journey and how she was trying to overcome this.

 

 

Annotated bibliography

Chaney, Michael A. Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels. The University of Wisconsin Press, 2011.

This book is a very good source for my final research project. It contains various essays that mainly talk about comics and critique it. Moreover, Michael A. Chaney examines the use of autobiography within graphic novels. It will be helpful to use especially that the memoir I am writing about is illness memoir, and it has a lot with autobiography, such as from the moment the author was living her life before cancer till the moment she decided to accept it, deal with it, and fight it.

Engelberg, Miriam. Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person: A Memoir in Comics. , 2006. Print.

This is the memoir I am going to working on. I will write a brief summary of this memoir to make it clear for the readers so they do not have question while reading my research, which then might hinder them from getting the meaning. I will be using some specific moments from the text and analyze them in order to connect them to Reading Autobiography by Smith and Watson. For example, as a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer, how she felt? How she was dealing with her children and family?

Georgis, Dina. “Bearing Cancer in Graphic Memoir.” Canadian Woman Studies/Les Cahiers de La Femme, vol. 28, no. 2–3, 2010, pp. 105-109. EBSCOhost,search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mlf&AN=2015701671&site=ehost-live.

This article by Dina Georgis is packed with information and facts about five different        graphic memoirs. These graphic memoirs do mainly discuss cancer and how people who   suffer from cancer live their life, and what life style they adapt once they discover they     have cancer. One of these graphic memoirs the author discuses is Cancer Made Me a   Shallower Person. In addition, the author discusses the ways each woman in these             graphic memoirs face the cancer with. They were facing challenging moment with   bearing the shocking news.

Stoddard Holmes, Martha. “Cancer Comics: Narrating Cancer through Sequential Art.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, vol. 33, no. 1, University of Tulsa, Mar. 2014, pp. 147–62.

This article talks about how cancer comics might affect the narrative. It explains in depth the effects of comics especially on cancer memoir. It discusses how the verbal and visual might be used, and how they may blur the meaning of the whole text which might ruin the main ideas. I think I am going to use a very small portion of it, and I might decide to get rid of it.

Smith, Sidonie, and Julia Watson. Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives. 2nd ed., University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Print.

Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson lay out some theoretical approaches to life writing and      they talk about memoir and its types and effects. This book is definitely going to be my       main source as it includes the terms I will be using to analyze the memoir. It will help me relate some definitions and terms to this memoir. For example, I will be using the graphic          memoir section and talk more about it in terms of smith and Watson book. In addition, I             will talk more in depth about the illness memoir genre.

Satrapi, Marjane. The Complete Persepolis. Pantheon, 2004.

This memoir by Marjane Satarpi discusses the theme of cultural and religion back then in Iran. It is a great example of how graphic memoirs might help readers to grasp serious topics easily. For example, when Marjane talks about the prisons and how they treat people there. She describes many kinds of torture that really made an impact on the readers, even though it is comics not a written memoir.

Waples, Emily. “Avatars, Illness, and Authority: Embodied Experience in Breast Cancer autopathographics.(Essay).” Configurations, vol. 22, no. 2, Johns Hopkins University Press, Mar. 2014, pp. 153–81, doi:10.1353/con.2014.0011.

This article by Emily Waples discuss the genres of the memoir and how the uses of the     visual verbal genre of graphic memoir can make a huge and distinct difference to deliver   the messages and the aim of the memoir. Moreover, it discusses especially the breast         cancer and the illness genre and how it might play a crucial role in the memoir. It       mentions my story I have chosen to do my research on which is Cancer Made Me a          Shallower Person by Miriam Engelberg.

 

 

Final Research Proposal

Rough Draft

         For my final research, I will be discussing the graphic memoirs impact on memoir and how readers receive it. Usually people tend to read written books especially in certain topics that are serious and required focus in details such as history, politics, and illness. However, with graphic memoir readers can understand and grasp the important and serious topics and know its details easier. Wherefore, I will be discussing how graphic memoirs might affect people’s prescriptive on various topics including cancer, and how even with the graphics and comics the memoir does not lose its profound meaning.

Moreover, I will analyze the graphic memoir Cancer made me a shallower person by Miriam Engelberg which is categorized under the category of the illness and brief memoir, which is Narrative of grief, mourning, and reparation and it is considered autothnatography as well. To strengthen my final research essay I will be using the Reading Autobiography by Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson. It will support my ideas and proof some facts and theories about this topic.

Cancer made me a shallower person by Miriam Engelberg mainly talks about an adult woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then, it shows the readers the stages the author passed out during her treatment journey and how she was trying to overcome this.

 

 

Annotated bibliography

Waples, Emily. “Avatars, Illness, and Authority: Embodied Experience in Breast Cancer        autopathographics.(Essay).” Configurations, vol. 22, no. 2, Johns Hopkins University    Press, Mar. 2014, pp. 153–81, doi:10.1353/con.2014.0011.

This article by Emily Waples discuss the genres of the memoir and how the uses of the visual verbal genre of graphic memoir can make a huge and distinct difference to deliver the messages and the aim of the memoir. Moreover, it discusses especially the breast     cancer and the illness genre and how it might play a crucial role in the memoir. It mentions my story I have chosen to do my research on which is Cancer made me a shallower person by Miriam Engelberg.

Georgis, Dina. “Bearing Cancer in Graphic Memoir.” Canadian Woman Studies/Les Cahiers de La Femme, vol. 28, no. 2–3, 2010, pp. 105– 109. EBSCOhost,search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mlf&AN=20157016 71&site=ehost-live.

This article by Dina Georgis is packed with information and facts about five different    graphic memoirs. These graphic memoirs do mainly discuss cancer and how people who suffer from cancer live their life. One of these graphic memoirs the author discuses is     Cancer made me a shallower person. In addition, the author discusses the ways each woman in these graphic memoirs faces the cancer with. They were facing challenging moment with bearing the shocking news.

Connect Murray’s statement with one of the categories applied to memoir/life writing by Smith and Watson, and explain how the live, oral, comic form of Notaro and Gadsby operates in similar or different ways to more traditional print memoir form.

In the stand-up comedy, “I Have Cancer.” she describes herself as a shallow and vulnerable person in a comedic way, which made the audience laugh instead of sympathizing with her. She kept saying, “I have Cancer.” which is an illness narrative not a stand-up comedy.

 

Work Cited

Smith, Sidonie, and Julia Watson. Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives. 2nd ed., University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Print.

1.) What makes this comedy set qualify as “memoir”? Which category of Smith and Watson’s memoir approaches do you find more applicable and why? (Review your options in Smith and Watson).

This stand-up comedy is definitely a memoir for various reasons. The speaker here was telling her story very truly. She was telling her story from the very beginning she discovered that she had breast cancer. she described her feelings and mentioned when someone in the street called her sir instead of madam, which was annoying to her. Her story considers an illness memoir as she describes her illness condition. “Increasingly, people are chronicling their journies through illness, diagnosis, treatment, and survival as stories of self-reinvention, as Reynolds Price does in A Whole New Life, about his recovery from spinal cancer.” (Reading Autobiography). However, she told her story in a comedy way which made it may be easier for readers and herself as well.

2.) How does spoken word storytelling differ from pint or graphic memoir in terms of audience engagement? in terms of imagery? in terms of its use of memory to craft a public “self”?

I think spoken word storytelling is stronger in delivering the emotions to the audience since the audience can easily see and feel the speaker. However, in the graphic memoir, it might be a bit weird to imagine the author in the drawing. The graphic memoir makes the audience imagine only the things and topics the graphic memoir discusses and draws and it limits them to see it in a specif way, while in spoken memoir it is the opposite. in the spoken memoir, the audience can understand the memoir in a direct way and they can think of different analyses.

 

Work Cited

Smith, Sidonie, and Julia Watson. Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives. 2nd ed., University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Print.

  1. The autobiography of Gifted Hands by Dr. Ben Carson:

It is a non-fiction novel, and it is an inspiring story of how a normal kid becomes one of the best neurosurgeons in the world. It is a memoir from his childhood and how his mother helped him to face his difficulties in school.

It is a biography in a first person

Personal essay

Strategy

  1. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban. It is an autobiographical book by Malala.

Coming of age like Persepolis.

Auto ethnography.

  1. Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person by Miriam Engelberg:

It is a memoir in Comics. The author was 43 when she first diagnosed with breast cancer.

Smith and Watson: “Graphic Novel” P. 168

“Illness Memoir”

“Narrative of grief, mourning, and reparation P. 138

 

 

Persepolis Viewing Worksheet

1.) The Graphic Novel Form:

Following along with the book, look for 2 specific images/scenes that reveal a specific perspective on Satrapi’s story as memoir—this could be a script therapy moments, a moment of trauma or grief, genealogy, filiation narrative, or oral history in terms of capturing the voices of others living through an experience.

Images I have chosen both of them are categorized under love themes. 

a.) When Marjane’s first boyfriend in Vienna cheated on her. She said that she survived the war in Iran, but her love experience killed her. Which meant a lot to her, even more than the war. She started to imagine her boyfriend ugly and has bad writing skills.

 

b.) When Marjane decided to get divorced from her husband, Reza, whose she has met in Iran when she came back from Vienna.

 

2.) Graphic narratives:

Bluestone says, “Where the novel discourses, the film must picture” (242). Further, he argues that film cannot express mental or emotional states as adequately as the novel. Do you think these statements hold true for a specific scene in Persepolis, book vs. film? 

I do not agree with that. The film, from my point of you, shows more than the novel. In films, we can see emotions, movements, face expressions. We simply be more close to the characters than we do in the novels.

  1. Give an example of a specific scene in the book that you find concrete and personal, and describe how the graphic narrative or film increases its power: When Marjane’s uncle, Anoosh, has met Marjane and the family. I think it was very powerful and full of emotions. It was very well secreted in the book.
  2. Give an example of a specific scene in the film that demonstrates this, and describe why you find it more or less moving than the scene that you described in the book.

I was confused when I saw the scene of the uncle Anoosh, when he left the prison and went to his family walking in days and faced many obstacles such as being hungry and thirsty. He was miserable. in the book, the scene was very detailed that the mother was worried about her son, while the father cared only about the late time his son visited them and the his wife was mad at him. However, in the film, the scene was less. It was not in details like the book, it did not show the reaction of the father.

 

3.) Global Issues, Personal Perspectives, and Ethnocriticism:

Luc Sante’s review of Persepolis in the New York Times describes Satrapi’s narrative as “compelling and extremely complex…” and suggests “the graphic form, with its cinematic motion and its style as personal as handwriting” is key to offering an intimate view of a global perspective. Arnold Krupat defines ethnocriticism as showing the “shifting space in which two cultures encounter one another” and in which cultures meet, often through imperialism (Smith 269).

Find a scene from the film that you feel captures a sense of personal perspectives on global issues, and describe how this scene shows the power of the graphic novel to offer a global perspective and to engage Krupat’s definition of ethnocriticism.

When Marjane traveled to Vienna. Everything was new to her. However, Marjane, the author, has described it very well from the moment she arrived to Vienna with her face expressions to the moment she found out her boy friend cheating on her and decided to go back to her family in Iran. Marjane described the struggled she went through in the new country and how she dealt with it and quickly adjusted with her new situation with talking to her roommate and making friends, and trying to learn their language.

Work Cited:

Satrapi, Marjane. The Complete Persepolis. Pantheon, 2004.

Smith, Sidonie, and Julia Watson. Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives. 2nd ed., University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Print.

“How it Feels to be Colored Me”

How does the author use creative language, image, and metaphor to invent and reinvent herself What rhetorical distancing mechanisms does she use to write about “self” as a subject? What post-memoir subgenre would you assign these to? Choose a specific textual section in which to ground your analysis.

In How It Feels To Be Colored Me, Zora Neale Hurston describes her experience as an African American in the 20th century in the United States. I think it is a combination of coming of  Life writing, age narrative, and personal essay as Zora here describes some of the moments of her childhood as an African American young girl and simultaneously in a very personal way.
I liked how Hurston uses the metaphor of colored bags to describe people.

“For life narrators, by contrast, personal memories are the primary archival source. They may have recourse to other kinds of sources-letters, journals, photographs, conversations-and to their knowledge of a historical moments.” (Reading Autobiography).

Her biography is full of imagery and emotions as she recalls various experiences when she faced racial discrimination and one of them is when she was in college.

Work Cited

Hurston, Zora Neale​” How it feels to be colored me.” AEI Paper & Studies, American Enterprise Institute, 2013. Academic

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Smith, Sidonie, and Julia Watson. Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives. 2nd ed., University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Print.

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