MARINA WARNER (Tavistock: Northcote House, 2006)

The first study of this contemporary novelist and cultural historian, this book explains the structure and symbolism of her fiction, and demonstrates the connection between her various reflections on such topics as female representation, fairy tales and horror, and above all on myth and history.

This was my study of one of my favourite contemporary novelists and myth theorists. Marina Warner was a simple survey of that writer’s work, but it was informed by my conviction that myths are not fixed in stone but are constantly open to re-reading and re-telling. Warner has, of course, shown how both can be done: through works of cultural history such as Managing Monsters and through novels such as Indigo.

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