30 March 2010
Mason Theatre, Mile End Campus, Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS
Professor Marina Warner (Essex) Distinguished Visiting Professor at Queen Mary, University of London
Dark Arts: Magic and Strangers after The Arabian Nights
Enchanters in The Arabian Nights are frequently outsiders, infidels who worship fire and command djinns who disobeyed God; in many of the tales, the magicians come from Persia or Africa, or some other elsewhere depicted as faraway and exotic.n Marina Warner will explore how these representations combined with a European desire to distance western culture from its tradition of magical thinking, and - in the writings of Voltaire and William Beckford, for example - offered fertile proxies for conveying the enduring fascination - and uses - of enchantment.