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Professor Dame Marina Warner

Professor of English and Creative Writing, Birkbeck; Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford

History, Historical Studies of Language and Literature - English Language and Literature, English Language and Literature

Marina Warner is an award winning novelist, short story writer, historian and mythographer, who works across genres and cultures exploring myths and stories. Recent work has focused particularly on the magic of fairy tales and the Arabian Nights, including Stranger Magic (2011), and Once Upon a Time (2014). In Fly Away Home: Stories (2015) she draws on mythic predecessors, translating them into contemporary significance. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Holberg Prize, and was also Chair of the judging panel for the Man Booker International Book Prize. She is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls, and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Past appointments
Visiting Scholar Getty Research Institute (1987 - 1988)
Tinbergen Professor Erasmus University, Rotterdam (1991 - 1991)
Fellow All Souls College University of Oxford (2013 - )
Fellow University of Essex (2013 - 2014)
Professor of English and Creative Writing Birkbeck College University of London (2014 - )

Principal publications
Alone of all her Sex: the Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary, 1976
From the Beast to the Blonde: on Fairytales amd their Tellers, 1994
Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds: Ways of Telling the Self, 2002
Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights, Chatto & Windus; Harvard University Press 2012
Once Upon a Time – A Short History of Fairy Tale, Oxford University Press, 2014
The Inner Eye: Art beyond the Visible, National Touring Exhibitions, 1996
Monuments and Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1985
Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1981
The Crack in the Tea-Cup: Britain in the 20th Century, André Deutsch, 1979
Queen Victoria's Sketch Book, Macmillan, 1979
Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1976
The Dragon Empress: Life and Times of Tz'u-hsi 1835–1908, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1972
Phantasmagoria, Oxford University Press, 2006
Signs & Wonders: Essays on Literature and Culture, Chatto & Windus, 2003
No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock, Chatto & Windus, 1998


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