Writing the Sphinx: Literature, Culture and Egyptology

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This book explores literary and Egyptological cultures from the closing decades of the nineteenth century to the opening decades of the twentieth, culminating in the aftermath of the high-profile discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. Analysing the works of Egyptologists including Howard Carter, Arthur Weigall and E. A. Wallis Budge alongside those of their literary contemporaries such as H. Rider Haggard, Marie Corelli and Oscar Wilde, it investigates the textual, cultural and material exchanges between literature, Egyptology and visual and material culture across this period.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages280
ISBN (Electronic)9781474476270
ISBN (Print)9781474476249
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian Culture


  • Egyptology
  • Howard Carter
  • Marie Corelli
  • nineteenth-century culture
  • Oscar Wilde
  • twentieth-century culture


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