Fondazione Antonio Ratti

Marina Warner

Elective Affinities: the Shaman, a Guest and the Language of Things

LECTURE
5 July 2007
FAR – Lungo Lario Trento

Marina Warner

Elective Affinities: the Shaman, a Guest and the Language of Things

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Marina Warner illustrated the principles of magical thinking in the twentieth century in relation to ethnographic research and scientific discoveries.

Marina Warner (1946, London) is a writer and historian, specialized in myths and fairy tales. Among her publications on the topic are Phantasmagoria (2006), Stranger Magic: Charmed States & The Arabian Nights (2011), Once Upon a Time - A Short History of Fairy Tale (2014), and Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art and Artists (2018). She has taught at the University of Essex and is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Birbeck, University of London, as well as being the first woman President of the Royal Society of Literature. Commenting on her work, she wrote: "Stories come from the past, but speak to the present and I have found that I need to write stories as well as deconstruct them and place them in historical context, because I myself love works of imagination and would like to be able to join the conversation with admired predecessors, who range from Apuleio to Virginia Woolf, Italo Calvino and Angela Carter".

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