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Marina Warner

Humanitas Visiting Professor in Comparative Literature
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Professor Dame Marina Warner is an author of fiction, literary criticism, history and mythography, and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. An alumnus and Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, she is currently a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Her non-fiction works include The Dragon Empress: The Life and Times of Tz'u-hsi, Empress Dowager of China, 1835–1908 (1972), Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (1976), Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism (1981), Monuments & Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form (1985), From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers (1996), No Go the Bogeyman: On Scaring, Lulling, and Making Mock (2000), and Phantasmagoria (2006).

She has also written several novels, including The Leto Bundle (2001), Indigo (1992), and the Booker-shortlisted The Lost Father (1988), and was chair of the judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize 2015.