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Author Warner, Marina, 1946-

Title Stranger magic : charmed states and The Arabian nights / Marina Warner.

Published Cambridge, MA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  398.22 WARN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 540 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [499]-516) and index.
Contents Solomon the wise king. The fisherman and the genie ; Master of jinn ; The city of brass ; Riding the wind : the flying carpet I ; Prince Ahmed and Fairy Peri Banou ; A tapestry of great price : the flying carpet II -- Dark arts, strange Gods. The prince of the Black Islands ; The worst witch ; Egyptian attitudes ; Hasan of Basra ; Magians and dervishes ; A fortune regained ; Dream knowledge -- Active goods. 'Everything you desire to know about the East...' ; The Greek king and Doctor Douban ; The thing-world of the Arabian Nights ; Abu Mohammed the Lazy ; The world of the talisman ; Marouf the cobbler ; The voice of the toy ; Money talks -- Oriental masquerades. Magnificent moustaches : Hamilton's fooling, Voltaire's impersonations ; Rosebud and Uns al-Wujud the darling boy ; The jinniya and the Egyptian prince ; 'Symbols of wonder' : William Beckford's arabesque ; Oriental masquerade ; Goethe's West-Eastern Divan -- Flights of reason. Camar al-Zaman and Princess Badoura ; Thought experiments : flight before flight ; Why Aladdin? ; Machine dreams ; The ebony horse ; The shadows of Lotte Reiniger ; Aladdin of the beautiful moles ; The couch : a case history ; Prince Ardashir and Hayat al-Nufus -- 'All the story of the night told over-- '.
Summary Our foremost theorist of myth, fairytale, and folktale explores the magical realm of the imagination where carpets fly and genies grant prophetic wishes. Stranger Magic examines the profound impact of the Arabian Nights on the West, the progressive exoticization of magic, and the growing acceptance of myth and magic in contemporary experience.
Subject Arabian nights -- Influence.
Magic in literature.
Myth in literature.
ISBN 0674055306 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780674055308 (hbk. : alk. paper)