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Narrating Ancient Egypt

The Representation of Ancient Egypt in Nineteenth-Century and Early-Twentieth-Century Fantastic Fiction


Maria Fleischhack

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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Cover Image: “The Pyramid of Chephren, Giza” – Fleischhack, Maria. Private photo.

Illustration 1: “Punch Magazine on mummified cats” – “Horrible Result of Using the ‘Egyptian Fur-Tiliser.’” Punch, Or the London Charivari. Volume 98. 15 February 1890. 81. Public Domain.

Illustration 2: “The Rosetta Stone at the British Museum” – Fleischhack, Maria. Private photo.

Illustration 3: “The Egyptian Gallery at the British Museum” – Fleischhack, Maria. Private photo.

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