• “Till the Gossamer Thread You Fling Catch Somewhere”: Parvin E’tesami’s Creative Reception of Walt Whitman

    Author(s):
    Behnam Mirzababazadeh Fomeshi (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    American Literature, Cultural Studies, Feminist Humanities, Islamicate Studies, Poetics and Poetry
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6KC53
    Abstract:
    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 debate 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.
    Notes:
    The author gratefully acknowledges support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellowship and thanks Ed Folsom, Walter Grünzweig, and Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, as well as Adineh Khojastehpour and Asghar Seyed-Gohrab, for their insightful comments and intellectual support.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
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