Melancholic Adolescence Segall, Kimberly Wedeven. “Melancholy Ties: Intergenerational Loss and Exile in Persepolis.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 28.1 (2008): 38-49. Web.
Segall Defines Melancholy • “Melancholy is generally conceived as a failure to come to terms with the grief caused by a ‘loss of a loved person, or to the loss of some abstraction . . such as liberty, an ideal, and so on,’ according to Freud” (43). • Melancholy defined again—“takes an unresolved conflict, where one feels anger and desire for an accepting love, and internalizes it” (45)
How Melancholy Works in Persepolis II • “Similar to Persepolis I, Persepolis II details a social identity of loss” (43). • Loss of • Cultural and Social Identity • Economic stability • Emotional support system • Language • Intellectual foundations
How Marjane Reacts, According to Segall • Melancholy reactions (43): “ambivalence, assimilation, forgetting, and denial” (43). • Assimilation—“attempting to copy others even when… [doing so includes a behavior that] is distinct from one’s own culture” (44).
In Class Exercise Choose one of the chapters from Persepolis, part 2 and look for instances of ambivalence, assimilation, forgetting, and/or denial.” Be ready to draw our attention to the panel or panels and to explain why you think a particular section demonstrates one or more of the melancholic reactions referred to by Segall.