The readership for SurLaLune is truly international--I don't know of a country that hasn't accessed the SurLaLune site according to the analytics. Next week on November 27th (Thanksgiving Day in the US), there is a special event with Marina Warner in Oxford that some readers here may be able to attend. So I am sharing. When I do share events like this, I always get thank yous for doing so from people who attend and wouldn't have without reading about it here, so here goes. The event, of course, will also help promote Warner's new book, Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale
About the event:
From beautiful princesses, giants, and goblins to, glass slippers, poisoned apples, and mirrors, the characters and images of fairy tales have bewitched readers and audiences, young and old, for centuries. Few forms of literature have greater power to enchant and inspire than a fairy tale.
But what is a fairy tale? Where do they come from and what do they mean? What do they tell us about morality, sexuality, and society? Fairy tales stretch across long distances and times; they mingle with folklore and myth, and have inspired ideas about nature and the supernatural, imagination and fantasy, psychoanalysis, and feminism.
Marina Warner explores fairy tales through the ages, and their appearance on page, stage and screen. From the Grimm’s Cinderella to modern films such as Pan’s Labyrinth, Warner investigates the best of the genre, and demonstrates how fairy tales affect human understanding and culture.
About Marina Warner
Marina Warner’s award-winning studies of mythology and fairy tales include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (1976; re-issued 2013), Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights (2012), From the Beast to the Blonde – on Fairy Tales and their Tellers (1994), Monuments & Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form (1985), and No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock (1998). Her Clarendon Lectures Fantastic Metamorphoses; Other Worlds were published in 2001; her essays on literature and culture were collected in Signs & Wonders (2000), and Phantasmagoria, a study of spirits and technology, appeared in 2006. In 2013 she was awarded a Sheykh Zayed Prize and the Truman Capote Award. She was awarded a CBE for services to Literature in 2008. She is a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy.
The Story Museum
42 Pembroke Street
Oxford OX1 1BP
+44 (0)1865 790050
A 30-minute talk with 20-minute Q & A session.
£7.50 / £5
Tickets can be booked at our Tickets Oxford page, or by phoning the ticket hotline at 01865 305305.
On the day of the event, tickets will only be available at The Story Museum. Our office number is 01865 790050 – but please be aware that the office is not regularly manned at weekends.