2015年3月13日 星期五

Monuments and Maidens Marina Warner 藝術中的女性形體 The Allegory of the Female Form

Monuments and Maidens
The Allegory of the Female Form

Marina Warner (Author)
Available in US and Territories, Philippines
Paperback, 440 pages
ISBN: 9780520227330
April 2001 (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1985) 這書1992年北京三聯有孫田慶、劉培玲合譯本: 藝術中的女性形體。中文書名不太達意。
 Marina Warner explores the tradition of personifying liberty, justice, wisdom, charity, and other ideals and desiderata in the female form, and examines the tension between women's historic and symbolic roles. Drawing on the evidence of public art, especially sculpture, and painting, poetry, and classical mythology, she ranges over the allegorical presence of the woman in the Western tradition with a sharply observant eye and a piquant and engaging style. 
名家 Marina Warner現在在我母校執教。
 Marina Sarah Warner, CBE, FBA FRSL (born 9 November 1946 in London, England) is a British novelist, short story writer, historian and mythographer. She is known for her many non-fiction books relating to feminism and myth. She is currently Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.

Early life

She was born in London to an English father and Italian mother. Her paternal grandfather was the English cricketer Sir Pelham Warner.[1] She was brought up in Cairo, Brussels and in Berkshire, England, where she studied at St Mary's School, Ascot. She studied French and Italian at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.[1] In 1971, she married William Shawcross, with whom she had a son Conrad Shawcross; the couple later divorced.


Her first book was The Dragon Empress: The Life and Times of Tz'u-hsi, Empress Dowager of China, 1835-1908 (1972), followed by the controversial Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (1976) a provocative study of Roman Catholic veneration of the Virgin Mary. These were followed by Monuments & Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form and Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism.
Her novel The Lost Father was on the Booker Prize shortlist in 1988; the non-fiction From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers won a Mythopoeic Award in 1996. The companion study of the male terror figure (from ancient myth and folklore to modern obsessions), No Go the Bogeyman: On Scaring, Lulling, and Making Mock, was published in 2000 and won the British Academy's Rose Mary Crawshay Prize that year. Warner's other novels include The Leto Bundle and Indigo.[1] Her book Phantasmagoria (2006) traces the ways in which "the spirit" has been represented across different mediums, from waxworks to cinema. In December 2012, she presented a programme on BBC Radio Four about the Brothers Grimm. A collection of her writings about art is scheduled to be published under the title The Symbol Gives Rise to Thought, by Violette Editions.[2]
She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1984.[3] She gave the 1994 Reith Lectures on Managing Monsters and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to literature.[4] Received an honorary doctorate (DLitt) from the University of Oxford on 21 June 2006
She also has honorary degrees from the Universities of Exeter, York and St Andrews, and honorary doctorates from Sheffield Hallam University and the University of North London.[1] She is currently Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.[5]

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'My critical and historical books and essays explore different figures in myth and fairy-tale and the art and literature they have inspired, from my early studies of the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc to more recent work on the Arabian Nights. My fiction runs parallel to this, as I often draw on mythic or other imaginary predecessors to translate them into contemporary significance – to re-vision them.

Stories come from the past but speak to the present (if you taste the dragon’s blood and can hear what they say). I need to write stories as well as deconstruct and analyse them because I don’t want to damage the mysterious flight of imagination at the core of storytelling, the part that escapes what is called rational understanding. I hope, I believe that literature can be ‘strong enough to help’, to borrow Seamus Heaney’s wonderful comment about poetry.’

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She was born in London in 1946, of an Italian mother and an English father who was a bookseller. After primary schools in Cairo and Brussels, she was educated in England at St Mary’s Convent, Ascot, and then read French and Italian as an undergraduate at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, of which she is now an Honorary Fellow.

Since 2004 she has been a professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex, see Teaching here. She teaches an undergraduate course Transformation of Fairytale, She also teaches MA courses in Creative Writing; The Tale, and another one on psycho-geographical writing, Memory Maps.

She is visiting professor at NYU Abu Dhabi from January 2012.

She was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2005, and was made a CBE for services to literature in 2008.

She is President of the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA) for the period 2010-2013 and was elected
a two-year Fellow at All Souls College Oxford in 2013.

She is currently a trustee of The National Portrait Gallery and patron of Hosking Houses Trust, Reprieve, The Society for Storytelling and is a patron of Bloodaxe Poetry Books.

She gave the BBC’s Reith Lectures in 1994.
She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by:

Oxford University, 2002
King’s College London, 2009
University of Leicester, 2006
University of Kent, 2005
Royal College of Art, 2004
Tavistock Institute (University of East London), 1999
University of St Andrew’s, 1998
University of North London, 1997
University of York, 1997
Sheffield Hallam University, 1995
University of Exeter, 1995

For the full Curriculum Vitae please see here.



The Man Booker International Prize 2015

The five judges who will trawl world literature for authors who have made a significant contribution are announced today. Chaired by writer and academic Marina Warner CBE, the panel consists of the novelist Nadeem Aslam, writer and critic Elleke Boehmer, Editorial Director of the New York Review Classics series, Edwin Frank and Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at SOAS, University of London, Wen-chin Ouyang.
See more here.

WINNER - 2013 Sheikh Zayed Book Award
Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights
Full details here.

WINNER - 2013 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism

Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights

Full details here.

WINNER - 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism
Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights

Full details here.

Two Year Fellowship, All Souls College Oxford, 2013. MW elected Honorary Fellow at St Cross College and Mansfield College, Oxford.


MW's 'Alone of All Her Sex: Cult of the Virgin Mary' and 'Joan of Arc' are being re-published by Oxford University Press with new introductions in March 2013. More information can be found within the Publications> Non-Fiction section of the website here.

'The Symbol Gives Rise to Thought: Writings on Art by Marina Warner Volume 1', Edited by Vivian Sky Rehberg, Introduction by Marina Warner, published by Violette Editions (Autumn 2012). The first of two volumes. More information here.

She has just completed a book Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights published by Chatto & Windus, November 2011, for more news and information about this book please see here. The paperback edition is published in November 2012 by Vintage.


'Scheherazade's Children: Global Encounters with the Arabian Nights' Edited By Philip Kennedy and Marina Warner, NYU Press, Nov 2013

"Metamorphosis of the Monstrous," in Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination by Mark W. Scala, Vanderbilt University Press, March 2012. Please click here.

'Perpetua's Prisons: Notes on the Margins of Literature in Perpetua's Passions; Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis ed. Jan N. Bremmer and Marco Formisano, Oxford University Press, February 2012.

For a list of Novels, Stories, Libretti, and works for children please see Fiction here.

For a list of books of cultural history please see Non-Fiction here.

For Essays on Literature and Culture please see here.

For Essays on Art please see here.

She is currently working on a novel inspired by her father’s bookshop in Egypt in the Fifties entitled ‘Inventory of a Life Mislaid’.