WHENOctober 26, 2012 5-6:30 PM ESTWHERE19 Washington Square NorthPart of "The New Middle East"WHONYU Abu Dhabi Institute in New YorkOpen to the Public
From the time of the Enlightenment, when the West first separated science from magic, imagination and reason became incompatible. This was also the time when The Arabian Nights first garnered popularity in Europe, which effectively rendered the magic pervading the tales as foreign, or strange.
In conversation with Harold Bloom, Marina Warner discusses the power magical thinking has had on the West through its many interpretations of The Nights, demonstrating that enchantment does not necessarily separate reason from imagination, but rather enhances the possibilities of thought experiments or ability to think in a world that cannot always be explained.
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