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The Mummy's Curse

Mummymania in the English-speaking world

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The Mummy's Curse by Jasmine Day
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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.

Author Biography

Jasmine Day is a freelance lecturer in Egyptology.
Release date NZ
August 2nd, 2006
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
2 Tables, black and white
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
240
Dimensions
156x234x11
ISBN-13
9780415340229
Product ID
1682956

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