Dame Marina Warner announced as the Humanitas Weidenfeld Visiting Professor in...

The Weidenfeld Chair in Comparative European Literature is a Visiting Professorship at the University of Oxford, and is an established part of the academic year at St Anne's.


The 2015-16 Humanitas Weidenfeld Visiting Professorship will be held by Dame Marina Warner. 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.

Lectures will be given by Dame Marina Warner on 'The Sanctuary of Stories' in Trinity Term 2016.

Wednesday 27 April 2016 (Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, 5.30pm) - 'Worlds of Words'

Wednesday 4 May 2016 (Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, 5.30pm) - 'Enclaves & Moorings'

Wednesday 11 May 2016 (Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, 5.30pm) - 'Asylums & Edges'

All are welcome to attend and no advance booking is required. 

Linked workshops

Friday 13 May and Saturday 14 May 2016

'The Bearer-Beings': Portable Stories in Displaced Times’

Convened by Marina Warner, Weidenfeld Professor of Comparative European Literature, 2016 and President of the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA) and Professor Matthew Reynolds, Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT). Find out more on our events pages.

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