Essays on Literature and Culture
'Marina Warner possesses an astonishing breadth of knowledge on so many subjects. Signs & Wonders brings together over thirty years' worth of her writing, and is a stimulating and occasionally unnerving experience-It's a dazzling performance. This hefty collection must confirm Warner's reputation as one of the finest literary and intellectual minds at work in Britain' Caryl Phillips
Since the early 1970s, when Marina Warner reported from Vietnam and America, in startling essays like 'The Bitch Route 13', she has been one of the most challenging, subtle and profound commentators on the culture of past and present, unravelling our webs of images, ideas and beliefs, and making new and provocative connections.
This resonant collection draws together essays written over twenty-five years, offering a wide-ranging retrospective of her developing ideas. Whether writing on literature, drama, film, opera, religion, politics, gender and language, Marina Warner displays a rare gift for blending historical and anthropological insights with deft and perceptive readings on individual works.
Penetrating and illuminating, SIGNS & WONDERS is not only a book of essays, but a collection of original marvels.
“Warner's articles and reviews reveal the sweep and bite of a truly adventurous mind”