Egyptomania Goes to the Movies: From Archaeology to Popular Craze to Hollywood Fantasy

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McFarland, Jul 14, 2017 - Performing Arts - 200 pages
“Egyptomania,” the West’s obsession with the strange and magnificent world of Ancient Egypt, has for centuries been reflected in architecture, literature and the performing arts. But the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922, by a sensation-hungry world newly united by mass media, created a wave of fascination unlike anything before. They called it “Tutmania” and its influence was felt everywhere from fashion to home decor to popular music—and notably in the new medium of film. This study traces the origins of 20th century cinema’s obsession with Ancient Egypt through previous eras and relates its recurring themes and ideas to the historical reality of the land of the Pharaohs.
 

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Contents

The Dream of Egypt
1
1 Death on the Nile
9
2 Of Mania and Maniacs
21
3 Its an Egyptian Year
37
4 The Face Behind the Mask
55
5 Good Heavens What a Terrible Curse
72
6 Losses and Survivals
89
7 From Lot No 249 to Law No 215
107
9 An Egyptian Feast
131
10 The Pharaohs Razor Blade
141
Graves and Dead Men
152
A Chronological Concordance of Egyptomania at the Movies 18492015
159
Chapter Notes
177
Bibliography
183
Index
185
Copyright

8 In Many Forms Shall We Return
121

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Matthew Coniam has contributed to numerous books, magazines, journals and websites in Britain and America. He lives in Bath, England.

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