Horror and fascination with the eternal body: the mummy in early horror literature

  • Bojan Žikić Department of Ethnology and Anthropology Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade
Keywords:
ancient Egyptian culture, mummy, horror as literary genre, Victorian culture, Great Britain, cultural ideas about the human body

Abstract

Imagining the possibility of an unimaginably long or eternal physical existence is considered as shaped by cultural ideas about mummies as eternal physical bodies in English literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Based on three short stories and one novel, the paper will show how cultural ideas about a foreign and distant culture are shaped through the reflection of ideas about one’s own culture. 

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Published
2016-07-02
How to Cite
Žikić, Bojan. 2016. “Horror and Fascination With the Eternal Body: The Mummy in Early Horror Literature”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 11 (2), 373–392. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.21301/eap.v11i2.3.

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