Intercultural Tales

Strand: Intercultural Literary Practices

Speaker(s): Hanan Al-Shaykh, Mohamed-Salah Omri (chair), Professor Marina Warner (respondent), Claire Gallien (respondent)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 16:00 to 18:00

Hanan Al-Shaykh: ‘The Thousand and One Nights and I, or how a British theatre director took me by the hand and showed me what I already knew’

Professor Marina Warner: ‘Truth to Power: The narrating woman and the ransom tale’

Claire Gallien: ‘Retelling the Arabian Nights: Reflections on what it means to become the new Sâhibat al-Dâr Shahrazâd (or “Owner of Shahrazad’s House”)’


Hanan al Shaykh is one of the most influential contemporary  Arab writers.  Her many novels and short stories have been translated into several languages and are taught widely around the world.  They include The Story of Zahra (1980), Beirut Blues (1992) and The Virgins of Londonstan (2014).  She has also written in English the widely read One Thousand and One Nights (2011).

Marina Warner (Fellow, All Souls College) is a prolific writer and world authority on fables and tales.  Her latest books include: Stranger Magic: Charmed States & The Arabian Nights (2011); The Symbol Gives Rise to Thought (2014); Once Upon a Time – A Short History of Fairy Tale (2014).

Claire Gallien teaches at the Universite de Montpellier. She is the author of L’Orient anglais. Connaître et imaginer l’Orient dans la littérature anglaise du XVIIIe siècle.

This event is organised in collaboration with Oxford Student PEN.