PL EN


2012 | 50 | 37-46
Article title

Marina Warner: Mythology, Fairy Tale and Realism

Selected contents from this journal
Title variants
Languages of publication
EN
Abstracts
EN
The article explores the ways Marina Warner’s novels reflect late twentieth-century literary and cultural debates and at the same time retain a realistic narrative mode and are concerned with the problems of the real world. The narrator of The Lost Father (1988) is writing a novel and commenting on its progress, which in turn mirrors the 1980s critical interest in the self-reflexivity of writing. The metafictional debate in the novel includes fairy-tale and diary narratives, all in interaction with realistically portrayed historical settings in the first half of the twentieth century. Indigo, or Mapping the Waters (1992) takes inspiration from postcolonial critical theory, merging and confronting historical, mythological and fairy-tale narratives with contemporary multicultural ideas and objectives. The Leto Bundle (2001) keeps retelling and restructuring a mythological tale as a palimpsest of texts in tune with the overwhelming sense of hypertextuality at the turn of the millennium. Still, despite the fantastic transference across temporal and geographical boundaries, the novels’ characters and their stories are portrayed realistically and firmly rooted in the real and ultimately contemporary world.
Keywords
Year
Issue
50
Pages
37-46
Physical description
Dates
published
2012
Contributors
References
Document Type
Publication order reference
Identifiers
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.desklight-d78d14d4-7987-46e2-b961-fc9ac4336c24
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.