Narrating Ancient Egypt

The Representation of Ancient Egypt in Nineteenth-Century and Early-Twentieth-Century Fantastic Fiction
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ISBN-13:
9783631660980
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
22.04.2015
Seiten:
290
Autor:
Maria Fleischhack
Gewicht:
473 g
Format:
216x151x25 mm
Serie:
8, Arbeiten zur Literarischen Phantastik
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Literary ancient Egypt was used by Victorian and Edwardian writers to criticize the Western mindset, both in regard to Orientalism as well as industrialization, scientific development and arrogance towards different cultures.
Contents: Ancient Egypt in Literature - The West versus the East - Mummies and other Egyptian characters and objects - Magic and alchemy - Self-criticism - Orientalism - Tourism - Museums - Collections - Encounters with the Other - Encounters with ancient Egypt.
Ancient and modern Egypt feature in numerous fantastic stories by Victorian and Edwardian writers. This book explores how works of popular Egyptianising fantastic literature can be read as critical texts which comment on the Oriental mind-set of Europe, and especially Britain. The analysis of the genre and the discussion of possible reasons for the frequent use of Egyptianising elements show that Egypt was simultaneously a real and an imagined place - a perfect ingredient to create gothic stories and magical events, and, at the same time, of specific interest to Great Britain for cultural and political reasons.

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