Visual Cultures Lecture Series – Marina Warner: Arabesque
8 March 2016 | 6.30pm
Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre
Free, early arrival is advised. Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis.
The Visual Cultures Lecture Series was pleased to welcome Marina Warner who presented her recent research and discussed gender, politics, and contemporary art with Margarita Gluzberg, Research Tutor in the RCA School of Fine Art.
Marina Warner was born in London on 9 November 1946 to an English father and an Italian mother. She was educated in Cairo, Brussels and England, and read French and Italian at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She is currently Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of a number of works of fiction and non-fiction, including cultural history and children's books. She contributes essays, articles and reviews to newspapers, journals and artists’ catalogues and has curated several shows. Much of her writing is concerned with an analysis of mythology, with a focus on female symbols. Her novel, The Leto Bundle (2001), explores the trials and struggles of a refugee, drawing on mythology, fairy tale, medieval chronicles and contemporary events to examine issues of identity and exclusion, motherhood and survival. Her books include Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors and Media into the Twenty-first Century (2006), which explores the idea of spirit and soul since the Enlightenment; Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights (2011), winner of a Sheykh Zayed prize, and Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale (2014). A new collection of short stories, Fly Away Home appeared last year. Marina Warner was made a Dame and given the Holberg Prize in 2015.