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Shakespeare & Company – Marina Warner

September 16, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re delighted to be holding an event celebrating the work of the dazzling Marina Warner.

Marina Warner is an internationally renowned cultural historian whose ambitious works of popular scholarship, from Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and Cult of the Virgin Mary (1976) to Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights (2011), have been highly acclaimed and influential. Most recently, Stranger Magic was awarded the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, the 2013 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism, and the 2013 Sheikh Zayed Book Award.

In Marina Warner’s own eloquent words:

“My critical and historical books and essays explore different figures in myth and fairy-tale and the art and literature they have inspired, from my early studies of the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc to more recent work on the Arabian Nights. My fiction runs parallel to this, as I often draw on mythic or other imaginary predecessors to translate them into contemporary significance – to re-vision them.

Stories come from the past but speak to the present (if you taste the dragon’s blood and can hear what they say). I need to write stories as well as deconstruct and analyse them because I don’t want to damage the mysterious flight of imagination at the core of storytelling, the part that escapes what is called rational understanding. I hope, I believe that literature can be ‘strong enough to help’, to borrow Seamus Heaney’s wonderful comment about poetry.”


September 16, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Shakespeare & Company
37 Rue de la Bûcherie
Paris, Ile-de-france 75005 France
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