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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (13 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199239231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199239238
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 4.3 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rigorous research, dazzling cross-disciplinary leaps ... her passion seeps right through to the last page. (Observer Review.)

The sprawl of Warner's thesis is slightly overwhelming but her passion seeps right through to the last page. (Observer.)

Review from previous edition ...often manages splendidly vivid pictorial evocations ... a bold, imaginative and provocative study, with a range few other writers would dare. (Carolyne Larrington, Times Literary Supplement)

The general effect is rather like that of reading through a first-class encyclopedia. (Nigel Barley, Times Higher Education Supplement)

Frighteningly literate and well-informed (Roz Kaveney, Time Out)

Marina Warner is particularly well-equipped to conduct this investigation (Steven Connor, The Independent)

She is exquisitely alive not just to ideas and arguments, but also to the jag and whiff and tang of things (Steven Connor, The Independent)

Phantasmagoria is a cabinet of familiar wonders: a jetting, generous, humane spree of thought, richly quickened by the life it finds within us and adroad, in our media and machineries of mind. (Steven Connor, The Independent)

As always Warner's scholarship, eclecticism and inventiveness dazzle. (Bel Mooney, The Times)

It is a book of wonders. (Hilary Mantel,The Guardian)

Phantasmagoria is a fascinating history of spirited bodies and haunted machines, but a reminder too of why the metaphors still get under our skin (Brian Dillon, Daily Telegraph)

This book's enquiries are wide-ranging, pertinent and up-to- date. All Marina Warner's material is freshly and enticingly presented. (The Guardian, Hilary Mantel)

This book is a powerful statement. (Hilary Mantel,The Guardian)

Marina Warner is particularly well-equipped to conduct this investigation. (Stephen Connor, The Independent)

A densely layered book (Mike Dash, Sunday Telegraph)

She is exquisitely alive not just to ideas and arguments, but also to the jag and whiff and tang of things. (Stephen Connor, The Independent)

Phantasmagoria is a cabinet of familiar wonders: a jetting, generous, humane spree of thought, richly quickened by the life it finds within us and abroad, in our media and machineries of mind. (Stephen Connor, The Independent)

About the Author

Marina Warner has written extensively on mythology and fairy tales. Her novels and works of criticism have won her the Fawcett Prize, a Booker Prize nomination, the Rosemary Crawshay Prize, and a Commonwealth Writer's Prize. Internationally she has been created Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French, Commendatore by the Italians, and was awarded the Warburg Prize in Germany. In addition to being Professor of Literature at the University of Essex, she is an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and a Visiting Professor at St Andrews University. In 2005 she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.


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I bought this book as I have another of her academic works. I specialise in research of late twentieth century fantasy works, particularly but not exclusively, texts by female writers. This book gives an interesting historic perspective to fantasy fiction and /or the fantastic. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone interested in this area of academic fantasy.
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Well received by my daughter!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great book! 9 Dec. 2011
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I love this book. I first heard of it when I was in school. The intro chapter on wax alone is worth buying the book for. The section on fata morgana is pretty interesting too.
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