The Mummy's Curse: Mummymania in the English-speaking world

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Taylor & Francis, Aug 1, 2006 - History - 240 pages
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The most penetrating study of the curse ever conducted, The Mummy's Curse uncovers forgotten nineteenth-century fiction and poetry, revolutionizes the study of mummy horror films, and reveals the prejudices embedded in children’s toys.

Examining original surveys and field observations of museum visitors demonstrate that media stereotypes - to which museums inadvertently contribute - promote vilification of mummies, which can invalidate demands for their removal from display. Jasmine Day shows that the curse's structure and meaning has changed over time, as public attitudes toward archaeology and the Middle East were transformed by events such as the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

The riddle of the 'curse of the pharaohs' is finally solved via a radical anthropological treatment of the legend as a cultural concept rather than a physical phenomenon. A must for anyone interested in this ancient and mystifying legend.

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User Review  - Traveller1 - LibraryThing

I read this book at the time it was published. A fascinating anthropological account of an ancient legend (which may not have existed), that made its way into 19th century western culture. The book examines and analyses the curse from every angle. A fascinating academic puzzle. Read full review

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User Review  - Mogg Morgan - Goodreads

1921, a year before Egyptian independence and also the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun - a legend is born, not either of the above but the "orientalist" myth of the "Mummy's curse". A lesson in why some people prefer fakes... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Jasmine Day is a freelance lecturer in Egyptology.

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