Magic and Enchantment in Literature

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Explore the themes of magic and enchantment in literature, through a day of talks and discussion

Consider potions and portals, witches and wizards – from The Odyssey to Ginger Snaps – by way of medieval romance, C S Lewis and four centuries of texts about the Pendle witches. We’ll address topics including the witch in popular culture, ritual practice, the staging of magic in Jacobean theatres, and mechanisms of enchantment and entry to magical worlds.  While our main focus will be on literature, we’ll also explore film and other visual media.

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Speakers include:

Barbara Goff, Professor of Classics, University of Reading
Gwilym Jones, Lecturer in English, University of Westminster
Catherine Spooner, Professor of Literature and Culture, Lancaster University
Stuart D Lee, English Language and Literature Faculty, University of Oxford
Alison Bailey, Lead Curator: Printed Heritage Collections 1901-2000, British Library
Chloé Germaine Buckley, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

This study day includes an evening private view (with timed entry) of Harry Potter: A History of Magic


Name: Magic and Enchantment in Literature
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: -
Price: Full Price: £65.00
Member: £55.00
Senior 60+: £60.00
Student: £55.00
Registered Unemployed: £55.00
Friend of the British Library: £55.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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