Writing the Sphinx - Literature, Culture and Egyptology

SKU: BODS-101017

Newly published by Edinburgh University Press, this book unearths a rich tradition of creative flexibility, collaboration and mutual influence between literary culture and Egyptology.

  • The first monograph study to bring literature into conversation with Egyptological culture.
  • Incorporates a number of archival primary sources which have, until now escaped critical attention
  • Analyses canonical literature alongside works by lesser-known authors
  • Combines literary criticism with book history, the history of science, and reception studies

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.


Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive is a free exhibition in the Weston Library to mark 100 years since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. It runs until the 5th February, 2023 and it explores Carter’s archive of photographs, letters, plans, drawings and diaries. It brings to life the complex stories of the discovery, excavation, documentation and conservation of Tutankhamun’s tomb, including often overlooked Egyptian members of the archaeological team.

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