Marina Warner

Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism, and history. Her award-winning studies of mythology and fairy tales include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary, From the Beast to the Blonde, and No Go the Bogeyman. In 2006 she published Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media, a study of ghosts, phantasms, and technology. Her most recent work of fiction is the novel The Leto Bundle. She is a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex. In November 2013, she received the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism for her book Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights.

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  • Maps and Monsters

    January 3, 2014

    If animals are not only bons à manger but also bons à penser (good to eat, good to think with), according to the celebrated dictum of Claude Lévi-Strauss, then monsters, while perhaps less inviting to the palate, make even better food for thought.