Ancient Egypt in the Popular Imagination: Building a Fantasy by David Huckvale

By David Huckvale

historical Egypt has lengthy been a resource of fascination in Western pop culture. videos equivalent to The Mummy (1932, 1959), Biblical epics like The Ten Commandments (1923, 1956), and pharaonic movies like Cleopatra (1934, 1963) and The Egyptian (1954) have all recreated the glamour and attract of Egyptian artwork and civilization for Western audiences. This paintings strains how those and different movies have been encouraged via writers like Bram Stoker and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and by means of the paintings of Victorian painters. equally, it exhibits how the soundtracks to such motion pictures belong to a Romantic musical culture stretching again past Verdi and Mozart. Exploring those works of art addresses the query of even if the fable of historical Egypt represents racist misunderstandings of a much more major truth, or a manner for Western tradition to appreciate itself.

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