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Marina Warner has always been interested in the ways the borders between real and imaginary worlds have been breached and blurred. On 11 May 2011, she discussed how the impalpable has been seen or embodied in different eras, cultures and art forms. The following is an edited extract from her conversation with Hermione Lee.

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in British Academy Review, Issue 18 (Summer 2011).