The Shocking Truth: Science, Religion, and Ancient Egypt in Early Nineteenth-Century Fiction

  title={The Shocking Truth: Science, Religion, and Ancient Egypt in Early Nineteenth-Century Fiction},
  author={Sara Nicole Brio},
  journal={Nineteenth-Century Contexts},
  pages={331 - 344}
  • S. Brio
  • Published 13 July 2018
  • Art
  • Nineteenth-Century Contexts
While Egyptian mummies in fiction of the late nineteenth century and beyond are often typecast as vengeful aggressors, the earliest reanimated mummies were put to quite different purposes. These icons of the ancient world were resurrected in order to question the role of morality in the modern world. Using galvanism to reanimate the dead, Jane Loudon (néeWebb, 1807-1858) and Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) portray their respective mummies as figures who seem likely to reveal the nature of the… 



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