Marina Warner

Writing about Marina Warner

December 2020 – publication of Marina Warner and the Ethics of Telling Silenced Stories, by Lisa Propst

Lisa Propst, assistance professor at Clarkson University, offers a “A wide-ranging study of the influential writer Marina Warner and the ways she negotiates the dangers of appropriating voices through narrative.” More details about the book can be found here.

“Marina Warner and the Ethics of Telling Silenced Stories contributes substantively to Warner criticism and completely overhauls conventional conceptions of her writing. This is a hugely impressive, highly original book.” Mike Marais, Rhodes University

November 2019

Interview with MW in The Tablet by Peter Stanford about her relationship to Catholicism. The full interview can be found here.

March 2019
Interview with MW in The Thinking Woman by Julienne van Loon (NewSouth, 2019), chapter 5, pp 149-184
‘One of the age-old questions of philosophy is what does it mean to live a good life? In this extraordinary book, scholar and writer, Julienne van Loon, applies a range of philosophical ideas to her own experience. Van Loon engages with the work of six leading contemporary thinkers and writers — Rosi Braidotti, Nancy Holmstrom, Siri Hustvedt, Laura Kipnis, Julia Kristeva and Marina Warner — through interrogating and enlivening their ideas on love, play, fear, work, wonder and friendship.
Her journey is intellectual and deeply personal, political and intimate at once. It introduces readers to six extraordinary women whose own deeply thoughtful work has much to offer all of us. They may transform our own views of what it means to live a good life.’

August 2018
Marina Warner in Ovid’s Presence in Contemporary Women’s Writing
MW’s work is discussed in Ovid’s Presence in Contemporary Women’s Writing by Fiona Cox, published by Oxford University Press 2018.
‘This innovative study analyses the presence of Ovid in contemporary women’s writing through a series of insightful case studies of prominent female authors, from Ali Smith, Marina Warner, and Marie Darrieussecq, to Alice Oswald, Saviana Stãnescu, and Yoko Tawada. Using Ovid in their engagements with a wide range of issues besetting our twenty-first century world – homelessness, refugees, the financial crisis, internet porn, anorexia, body image – these writers echo the poet’s preoccupation in his own work with fleeting fame, shape-shifting, and the dangers of immediate gratification, and make evident that these concerns are not only quintessentially modern, but also peculiarly Ovidian. Moving beyond the concern of second-wave feminism with recovering silenced female voices and establishing a female perspective within canonical works, the volume places particular emphasis on the intersections between Ovid’s imaginative universe and the political and aesthetic agenda of third-wave feminism. Focusing on its subjects’ socially and politically charged re-shapings, re-imaginings, and receptions of Ovid, it not only demonstrates the extraordinary plasticity of his writing, but also of its myriad re-castings and re-contextualizations within contemporary culture (in terms of genre alone, the works discussed included translations, poetry, plays, novels, short stories, and memoirs). In so doing, it not only offers us a valuable perspective on the work of the selected female authors and a new and vital landmark in the history of Ovidian reception, but also reveals to us an Ovid who remains our contemporary and an enduring source of inspiration.’


Postfeminist Discourse in Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Warner’s Indigo: Ambivalence, Liminality and Plurality, by Natali Boğosyan, published November 2012, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
A scrupulous study of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and its most comprehensive rewriting Indigo, or Mapping the Waters by Marina Warner. More details can be found here.

F.Tuba Korkmaz, Rewriting Myths – Voicing Female Experience in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing and The Penelopiad & Marina Warner’s Indigo and The Leto Bundle, (LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Germany 2011).

Laurence Coupe, Marina Warner (in series Writers and Their Work, ed. Isobel Armstrong)
London: British Council 2006.

Corona, Daniela. “C’Era due voltex” La narrativa realistica di Marina Warner (Palermo, 2002)
Babos, Daniela. Postmodern Issues in Marina Warner’s Indigo and The Lost Father, Cluj-Napoca (Rumania), 2002

Sanda Berce and Monika Varga, / Intertextuality As a Form of Virtual Reality/ (Cluj-Napoca: Editura Dacia, 2002)



‘Open Questions’ – An Interview with Marina Warner by Karina Jakubowicz in The on 14 Jan 2016
can be read here.

‘The lingua franca of yearning and inquiry – Marina Warner’ By Teodor Reljicpublished August 2015 here.

MW’s ‘Fly Away Home’ featured in here and September 2015.

‘Book Talk’ Marina Warner interviewed by Anna Della Subin in Tank Magazine, Volume 8, Issue Summer 2015 4, pp 274-275, details can be found here.

MW interviewed about the Holberg Prize 2015 in Vårt Land newspaper Norway on 6th June 2015 pp 40-41. The article can be read here.

MW interviewed for ‘All Day Long: A Portrait of Britain At Work‘ by Joanna Briggs, published by Serpents Tail (London 2015), pp 155-163.

Marina Warner was interviewed for Amsterdam literary publication DE GIDS, published November 2014. Details can be found here.

‘Judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize to visit Abu Dhabi’
Marina Warner interviewed for The National published on 30 October 2014, the interview can be read here.

Interview for ‘A German Genius in Britain’, documentary on W. G. Sebald, BBC Radio 4 (29 May 2014) here.

Interview for ‘Critical Thinking #5: Marina Warner’, by Zeljka Marosevic, in Prospect Magazine, (8 May 2014 )here.
Interview for ‘Marina Warner unlocks the cross-cultural secrets of the Arabian Nights’, by Clare Dight, in The National, Abu Dhabi, (8 May 2014) here.

Interview for ‘Good Swan, Bad Swan: Dancing Swan Lake’, BBC Four (9 March 2014)
Interview for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on Melbourne Writers Festival, by Fiona Gruber (17 August 2013)
Interview by Omar Berrada about Stranger Magic, for Bidoun Magazine #28 (Summer 2013)
Interview ‘The Right to Write’, for Trinidad Express, by Sateesh Maharaj (5 May 2013)
Interview on Stranger Magic for Bint Al Khaleej – UAE – Arabic Magazine, Issue 87 (March 2013)

Interview for ‘Great Artists in their Own Words’, Episode 1: ‘The Future Is Now (1907 – 1939)’ and Episode 3: ‘But Is it Art? (1976 – 1993)’, BBC Four (May 2013)

‘Critical Thinking #5: Marina Warner’ by Zeljka Marosevic, published in Prospect Magazine 08th May 2014, the interview can be read here.

‘Marina’s the Lady Writer’ , MW featured in article in The Daily Mail, 21 April 2013, can be read here.

MW interviewed by Omar Berrada about Stranger Magic for Bidoun Magazine #28 Summer 2013.

MW interviewed by Katie Antoniou for Run Riot Blog, 08 November 2011 can be read here.

Sophie Elmhirst, The New Statesman The Books interview, 5th December 2011.
Nicholas Tredell, Conversations with Critics (Manchester, 1994)
Lisa Hopkins, ‘An interview with Marina Warner’ Sheffield Thursday No 4/5, Autumn 1994, 81-95.
Hopkins, Lisa, ‘Revisiting The Tempest: Marina Warner’s Indigo’, Sheffield Thursday, Summer 1995
Mary Condé, ‘Finding a Voice for Martha: Marina Warner’s “Mary Takes the Better Part” in Journal of the Short Story in English, no 22 Summer 1994, Presses de l’Université d’Angers
Chantal Zabus, ’ Spinning a Yarn with Marina Warner’, in Kunapipi: Post Colonial Women’s Writing Vol XVI No. 1, 1994, 519-529.

‘Tapping into creativity: Why I live in Kentish Town’ an article by MW published in Evening Standard, 26 May 1993 page 47 can be read as a pdf here.

Richard Todd, ‘Marina Warner’, Post-war literatures in English, September 1995.
Richard Kearney, ed., States of Mind, Dialogues with contemporary thinkers on the European mind (Dublin, l995)
Richard Todd, Consuming Fictions The Booker Prize and Fiction in Britain Today (London, l996)
Laurence Coupe, Myth (London, 1997)

Tobias Doering, ‘Chains of Memory- English-Caribbean Cross-Currents in Marina Warner’s Indigo and David Dabydeen’s “Turner”, in Across the Lines Intertextuality and Transcultural Communications in the New Literatures in English. Ed. Wolfgang Klooss. Cross/Cultures 32 ASNEL Papers 3. l998.
Kari Boyd McBride, ‘Marina Warner’, British Novelists since l960, ed. Merritt Moseley (Columbia, South Carolina, 1999)

Steven Connor, The English Novel in History 1950-1995. London, l996, pp. 186-198.
Laurence Coupe,’The Comedy of Terrors: Reading Myth with Marina Warner’, PN Review 128: 52-55.
See entries in The Cambridge Guide to Women’s Writing in English , ed. Lorna Sage (Cambridge, l999).
See entry in David Macey, The Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory (London, 2000)
Jane Aikins Haslett, Marina Warner: Feminist Mythographer (Ph.D.Thesis Edmonton, Alberta, 2001)
C. Zabus, “The Power of the Blue-Eyed Hag”, in H. Jelinek et al. (eds.), A Talent(ed) Dig-ger, Amsterdam, Rodopi, 1996

E. Kilian, “Visitations from the Past: The Fiction of Marina Warner”, in H. von Irmgard Maassen et al. (eds.), Anglistik & Englischunterricht, (Sub) Versions of Realism – Re-cent Women’s Fiction in Britain, Heidelberg, Universitatsverlag C., Winter, 1997
M. Roberts, “On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers: From the Beast to the Blonde”, in M. Roberts, Food, Sex and God on Inspiration and Writing, London, Virago, 1998
C. Cakebread, “Sycorax Speaks: Marina Warner’s Indigo and The Tempest”, in M. Novy (ed.), Transforming Shakespeare: Contemporary Women’s Re-Visions in Literature and Performance, Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1999

S. Sellers, “Bodies of Power: Beauty Myths in Tales by Marina Warner, Emma Donoghue, Sheri Tepper and Alice Thompson”, in S. Sellers, Myth and Fairy Tale in Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2001
E. Federici, “Weaving Identities: M. Warner’s Rewriting of Western Traditions”, Englishes, n. 21, 2003
A. Atilla, “Regaining the Lost Memory in Marina Warner’s Indigo: Or Mapping the Waters: A Rewriting of Shakespeare’s The Tempest”, Interactions, vol. 13.2, EGE University, 2004

R. Irving, “On Ghosts and Ground Plants, Nanoverses and The Leto Bundle- A Conversation with Marina Warner”, 2001
C. Zabus, Tempests after Shakespeare, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2002

Marina was interviewed for The Guardian, January 22 2000. ‘Absolutely fabulist’ Nicholas Wroe on a writer who applies high learning to low culture and is now turning her attention to psychic research. The article can be found here.


Broadcast ‘Letter to an Unknown Soldier’, a series of WW1 centenary memorial commissions. (26 June 2014)

Broadcast ‘The Power and the Passion – Marina Warner on the power of places’, BBC Radio 4 (9 April 2014)

Essay [title?] on Lotte Reiniger’s ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’, Blu-ray dual format release, BFI, August 2013

‘Archaeology: Five Minatures’ by Abdelfattah Kilito, trans. Clare Finburgh and Marina Warner, in The White Review (9 November 2013)

Kathryn Hughes, ‘Rereading Alone of All Her Sex by Marina Warner’, in The Guardian (23 March 2013)

Richard Hoggart Lecture, Goldsmiths University, Postfeminist Discourse in Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Warner’s Indigo: Ambivalence, Liminality and Plurality, by Natali Boğosyan (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012)