The vengeful reanimated mummy is a popular trope in movies, television, literature and the theatre. This talk will present the ways in which various observers from European travellers in Egypt to Arab scholars have interacted with Egyptian mummies and the ways in which mummies have been used as curios, medicine and even as a component of paint during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It will then discuss the development of the trope of the reanimated mummy in literature and the early cinema in particular both as an expression of imperial paranoia. It will also explore the role of the mummy as an expression of European ideas about 'oriental' sexuality.

Join Dr Nicky Nielsen (The University of Manchester) as he explores the reception of Egyptian mummies in this FREE online lecture.

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