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Stranger magic : charmed states and the Arabian nights

Author: Marina Warner
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Literary criticism
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marina Warner
ISBN: 9780674055308 0674055306 9780674725850 0674725859
OCLC Number: 758383788
Awards: National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, 2012.
Description: xx, 540 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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 ... --
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Responsibility: Marina Warner.

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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.

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