Reading the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt in Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 15, 2008 - History - 198 pages
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Reading the Sphinx unearths a buried cultural history haunted by Egyptian ghosts, Lynn Parramore examines issues of western identity, inheritance, gender, and sexuality through the interlocking stories of nineteenth-century collectors, conjurers, artists, travelers, and psychic explorers as they encounter Egyptian antiquity. Bringing together cultural analysis, literary history, and psychology, Parramore explores the productions of a wide range, of fascinating figures, from Herodotus to Freud. Reading the Sphinx is a new cultural history that traces the suppression, distortion, and, ultimately, the resurrection of maternal powers from the crypt of memory.

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LYNN PARRAMORE received her Ph.D. from New York University, USA, where she has taught essay writing and cultural theory. She is a freelance writer and researcher whose work encompasses film, television, periodicals, and online publications.

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