Marina Warner

The Heroine’s Descent

September 4, 2018

Talk at the National Theatre, 14th December 2018

‘All writing negotiates with the dead’, Margaret Atwood once remarked. Many heroes have gone down into the jaws of hell and brought back knowledge of the underworld – it’s almost a requirement: Odysseus, Theseus, even Jesus who harrowed hell – but far less attention has been given to women’s experience of the journey into the depths. Marina Warner will explore myths and stories, from Greek tragedy to Philip Pullman, in which female protagonists face demons and confront death.

The lecture will take place at the National Theatre on December 14th, 2018. Ticket sales are now open, more information can be found here.