Ancient Egypt in the Modern Imagination: Art, Literature and Culture

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Eleanor Dobson, Nichola Tonks
Bloomsbury Academic, Jan 23, 2020 - History - 384 pages
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Ancient Egypt has always been a source of fascination to writers, artists and architects in the West. This book is the first study to address representations of Ancient Egypt in the modern imagination, breaking down conventional disciplinary boundaries between fields such as History, Classics, Art History, Fashion, Film, Archaeology, Egyptology, and Literature to further a nuanced understanding of ancient Egypt in cultures stretching from the eighteenth century to the present day, emphasising how some of the various meanings of ancient Egypt to modern people have traversed time and media.

Divided into three themes, the chapters scrutinise different aspects of the use of ancient Egypt in a variety of media, looking in particular at the ways in which Egyptology as a discipline has influenced representations of Egypt, ancient Egypt's associations with death and mysticism, as well as connections between ancient Egypt and gendered power. The diversity of this study aims to emphasise both the multiplicity and the patterning of popular responses to ancient Egypt, as well as the longevity of this phenomenon and its relevance today.

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About the author (2020)

Eleanor Dobson is Lecturer in Nineteenth Century Literature at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her work focuses on culture of the nineteenth century and early twentieth centuries.

Nichola Tonks is an AHRC-funded doctoral candidate in History and the Co-Editor of the Journal of History and Cultures and the University of Birmingham, UK.

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