Professor Scanlan’s Reading Recommendations

Here are some recommendations for future reading. Please be advised that you might want to read a summary of the book before diving in…just to make sure it accords with your taste. On the other hand, surprise can be instructive!

Graphic Novels and Memoirs:

Maus, Art Speigelman (Also: In the Shadow of No Towers)

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Allison Bechdel

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Chris Ware

A Contract with God, Will Eisner

Ghost World, Daniel Clowes

Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez

Chicken with Plums, Marjane Satrapi

Embroideries, Marjane Satrapi

The Sigh, Marjane Satrapi

Blue is the Warmest Color, Julie Maroh


Global Literature:

Pattern Recognition, William Gibson

One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

Life of Pi, Yann Martel

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

Brown Girl, Brownstones, Paule Marshall

White Tiger, Aravind Adiga

Open City, Teju Cole

Little Bee, Chris Cleave

The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai


Have a wonderful summer and stay in touch!

Sean Scanlan


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Information for Final Exam

Hi Class,

That was a very high energy class: good job.

Below isĀ our study guide.

Remember: Bring your Final Essay with the peer review sheet attached. And: MAKE SURE TO ARRIVE EARLY AS WE WILL BEGIN WITH THE EXAM


Exam Study Guide:

Key Terms (for definition and example):


Homesickness: (4 types): Colonial, Ā Radical, Modern, Global

5 different eras/phases of globalization

The Veil

5 Types of Ethics:

3 normative ethics: Virtue, Utilitarian, Deontic (Duty)

Feminist Ethics

Global Ethics

Immanual Levinas ā€“the Other

4 characteristics globalization in Steger (14-15)

Chapter 3: economic globalization: know two institutions that changed the shape of economic relations after WWII




Globalization Skeptics



Key Texts (for quotation identification):

Persepolis, Satrapi

– Ā Austria: boarding school, misconduct, growth/hair/body, boyfriends, homeless

– Uncle Anoosh

– Advice from Grandmother

– Marriage to Reza, Divorce

– Socks

– Art College: veil, mythology project park

“Terminal Man,” Mehran

“Wave Hello, Say Goodbye,” Parsons

Interpreter of Maladies, Lahiri

“A Temporary Matter”

” Interpreter of Maladies”

“This Blessed House”


Email any questions that you have, and,

Best wishes,




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Homework for Tuesday, May 12

Hi Class, for next week…

1. We will discuss the end of Persepolis–especially ethics, pages 299-341.

2. Bring in a typed draft of Essay 2 for Q & A and for peer review (homework points, too).

3. Bring in all your books and handouts so that we can build the final exam.



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The Other and the Veil


This is a handout on the concept of the Other from the philosopher Emmanual Levinas:





1. A handout that I designed to spark discussion for Persepolis:


2. Five images that are as interesting as they are confusing:


3. A fairly good Wikipedia entry on the veil:

4. Ā An academic book with a collection of essay on the veil:Ā The Veil:Ā Women Writers on Its History, Lore, and Politics, edited byĀ JenniferĀ Heath



300 words typed: Answer these two prompts:

1. After reading Levinas’s The Other handout, briefly describe Marji’s experience of the Other in Austria.

2. Compare Young’s quotations on the veil with Marji’s argument on page 297.



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Homework for April 28, 2015

Hi class,

We will have Quiz 2 on Tuesday. It will cover three texts:

1. The Complete Persepolis up to page 206. -2 questions

2. Two chapters from The Terminal Man. -1 question

3. The short story “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye.” -1 question




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Reading Persepolis

Persepolis is a graphic memoir. But one of the main things we must consider is that this book is written and drawn like a comic book.


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Homework for April 21

Hi Class,

I’m really glad that we got a chance to talk so much today. That said, I’m sorry that we didn’t get to cover all the readings.

For next Tuesday: Read up to page 72 in The Complete Persepolis, and in your notebook write down your favorite scene and why it is your favorite. One paragraph is fine.



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Spring Break Homework Reminder

Hi all,

I hope that everyone is enjoying a safe and fun spring break. Here is what I discussed last Tuesday:

1. Get Marjane Satrapi’s The Complete PersepolisĀ (Pantheon 2007)

ISBN-13:Ā 978-0375714832, Price: $24.95 (new)

2. Read Iranian history via Wikipedia

3. Read the short story “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye,” by Tony Parson and Chapters 1 and 2 from The Terminal Man, by Sir Alfred Mehran.

4. Write Journal 4: 300 words on how the two readings (above) are related.

5. If you have not done so already, please finish the last two stories in Lahiri’s collection.



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The Two Readings for Spring Break Are Up

Hi Class,

I’ve posted three readings for Spring Break. All of them can be found in the “Readings” menu tab.

1. “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye”

2. Chapters 1 & 2 from The Terminal Man

3. A short introduction to ethics


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A Short History of Iran

Hi Class,

In preparation for our next book, The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, let’s get acquainted with this nation:

I also recommend a longer history, such as the Wikipedia entry, which is quite long, for an encyclopedia article:

And here is a short interview with Satrapi in which she talks about ethics. We will continue to discuss ethics in the coming weeks.



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