Histories of Egyptology
Edited by William Carruthers
Routledge – 2014
Series: Routledge Studies in Egyptology
Egypt is currently undergoing a process of redefinition. As the country’s recent history is questioned, so it is more important than ever for the discipline of Egyptology – whose constructions of Egypt’s ancient history are borne of the modern, colonial encounter – to grapple with its own difficult past. This book builds on a growing interest in the history of Egyptology. It is the first volume to ask both Egyptological and outside figures to examine the discipline’s past, providing a critical historical assessment of where the discipline is, how it got there and – as a result – where it now needs to go.
Vital themes addressed by chapters in this book include not only the historical involvement of Egyptology with the colonial and political spheres, but also the manner in which the discipline staked out its professional territory as well as the ways in which it has made and represented its knowledge. Histories of Egyptology provides the basis to understand not only how Egyptologists constructed their discipline, but to demonstrate how they constructed ancient Egypt. Those from related disciplines – archaeology and anthropology in particular – will find material of interest. So, too, will historians – of science, the colonial encounter, politics, and thought. As the nation of Egypt is engaged in considering its past and future, it is time for the discipline that bases its existence on that country’s past to do so too.
1. Introduction: Thinking about Histories of Egyptology William Carruthers Part I: The Creation and Isolation of an Academic Discipline 2. The Object of Study: Egyptology, Archaeology, and Anthropology at Oxford, 1860–1960 Alice Stevenson 3. The Anglo-Saxon Branch of the Berlin School: The Interwar Correspondence of Adolf Erman and Alan Gardiner and the Loss of the German Concession at Amarna Thomas Gertzen 4. The Cursed Discipline? The Peculiarities of Egyptology at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century Juan Carlos Moreno García 5. Interdisciplinary Measures: Beyond Disciplinary Histories of Egyptology David Gange Part II: Knowledge in the Making 6. Beyond Travelers’ Accounts and Reproductions: Unpublished Nineteenth-Century Works as Histories of Egyptology Andrew Bednarski 7. Studies in Esoteric Syntax: The Enigmatic Friendship of Aleister Crowley and Battiscombe Gunn Steve Vinson and Janet Gunn 8. Margaret Alice Murray and Archaeological Training in the Classroom: Preparing "Petrie’s Pups" Kathleen L. Sheppard 9. Discussing Knowledge in the Making Christina Riggs Part III: Colonial Mediations, Postcolonial Responses 10. On Archaeological Labor in Modern Egypt Wendy Doyon 11. Remembering and Forgetting Tutankhamun: Imperial and National Rhythms of Archaeology, 1922–1972 Donald M. Reid 12. The State of the Archive: Manipulating Memory in Modern Egypt and the Writing of Egyptological Histories Hussein Omar 13. Histories of Egyptology in Egypt: Some Thoughts Marwa Elshakry Part IV: Representing Knowledge 14. Thomas "Mummy" Pettigrew and the Study of Egypt in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain Gabriel Moshenska 15. Repeating Death: The High Priest Character in Mummy Horror Films Jasmine Day 16. What’s in a Face? Mummy Portrait Panels and Identity in Museum Display Debbie Challis 17. Legacies of Engagement: The Multiple Manifestations of Ancient Egypt in Public Discourse Stephanie Moser Postscript 18. The Old and New Egyptian Museums: Between Imperialists, Nationalists, and Tourists Mohamed Elshahed
William Carruthers is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, UK.