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Research seminars: March 2018

Friday 2 March 2018

The First Persian Whitman: Yusef E´tesami’s Translation of Walt Whitman in 1922
Whitman for the first time entered Iran through Yusef E’tesami’s translation published in his journal, Bahar, in October 1922. Through the changes he made to the source text E’tesami abandoned the tyranny of the alleged original text and created his 1922 Persian Whitman, who was a poet of social order, law and security rather than a singer of individuality and the self. That much authority of a translator was in line with the tradition of Persian literary translation. The first Iranian Whitman, if not radical or revolutionary, was still progressive and corresponded with the country’s constitutional movement toward democracy. He was a poet of human rights and modern political philosophy. The fact that the Persians chose Whitman from among American writers in 1922, when there was not much American literature and even less American poetry in Iran, is itself significant in their movement toward modernity.
Dr Behnam Mirzababazadeh Fomeshi
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Research Fellow
https://behnammirzababazadehfomeshi.academia.edu
4pm, Buchanan 306

Wednesday 7 March 2018
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
Nargess (Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, 1992)
1h 40min, in Persian with English subtitles
Adel is a young criminal who frequently teams up with his middle-aged wife Afagh in order to carry out the most audacious schemes. But when Adel falls in love with Narges, he realises he is quite prepared to start a new life on the right side of the law. Posing as his mother, Afagh assures the bride's family that Adel is reliable, but his criminal record closes most doors in his attempts to secure a legitimate career path. Trapped in a love triangle and in the limbo of a double life, can Adel ever achieve the better future for which he is striving?
3pm, Buchanan Building, room B103

Friday 9 March 2018

The Emergence of a Spiderwoman in Persian Poetry: Parvin E´tesami’s Creative Reception of Walt Whitman
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.

Dr Behnam Mirzababazadeh Fomeshi
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Research Fellow
https://behnammirzababazadehfomeshi.academia.edu/
4pm, B306

Wednesday 14 March 2018
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
The Scent of Joseph’s Shirt (Ebrahim Hatamikia, 1995) 1h 40min, with English subtitles
A subtle examination of the intricacies of mourning those who are missing in action. Chronicling a relationship held between a father and his missing son's girlfriend, Hatamikia tenderly traces their losses in the Iran-Iraq war.
3pm, Buchanan Building, room B103

Wednesday 14 March 2018
Byre World
Nueve reinas (dir. Fabian Bielinksy, 2000)
Written and directed by Fabian Bielinksy, Nueve reinas (Nine Queens, 2000) is an Argentinian crime drama film about two con artists working together on a major scam in Buenos Aires. Starring the acclaimed Ricardo Darín and Gastón Pauls, this Argentinian classic is not only an elegant comedy but also a clever suspense.  Following its box office success in Argentina, it won an impressive array of twenty-one awards across the Americas and Europe.
This film screening is part of the Byre World events organised by the School of Modern Languages. Brigid Cruzado, PhD student in Hispanic Studies, will be introducing the film and co-ordinating a discussion after the screening.
7pm, Byre Theatre, Studio