Seminars on Persian Poetry

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The Emergence of a Spiderwoman in Persian Poetry: Parvin E´tesami’s Creative Reception of Walt Whitman. Speaker: Behnam Fomeshi. Chair and Discussant: Saeed Talajooy
The literary relation between Parvin E’tesami and Walt Whitman remains a largely unexplored field. This article analyzes the connection between “God’s Weaver” and “A Noiseless Patient Spider” to shed light on Parvin’s creative reception of Whitman. Creating a mixed-breed spider, combining characteristics from both Whitman’s insect and the Persian spider, and letting it contribute to the poet’s negotiations with the patriarchal system all demonstrate Parvin’s successful poetic inventiveness. The interaction between many forces—including Persian traditions of monazereh and mystical poetry, Parvin’s poetic genius, her personal situation as a female poet in a patriarchal society, and the unique characteristics of the American spider—led to Parvin’s creative reception of Whitman.
Period9 Mar 2018
Event typeSeminar
LocationSt Andrews, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Persian Poetry
  • Comparative Literature
  • American Literature