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dc.contributor.authorDobson, Eleanor
dc.date.accessioned2022-10-19T11:25:29Z
dc.date.available2022-10-19T11:25:29Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/58945
dc.description.abstractVictorian Alchemy explores nineteenth-century conceptions of ancient Egypt as this extant civilisation was being ‘rediscovered’ in the modern world. With its material remnants somewhat paradoxically symbolic of both antiquity and modernity (in the very currentness of Egyptological excavations), ancient Egypt was at once evocative of ancient magical power and of cutting-edge science, a tension that might be productively conceived of as ‘alchemical’. Allusions to ancient Egypt simultaneously lent an air of legitimacy to depictions of the supernatural while projecting a sense of enchantment onto representations of cutting-edge science. Examining literature and other cultural forms including art, photography and early film, Eleanor Dobson traces the myriad ways in which magic and science were perceived as entwined, and ancient Egypt evoked in parallel with various fields of study, from imaging technologies and astronomy, to investigations into the electromagnetic spectrum and the human mind itself. In so doing, counter to linear narratives of nineteenth-century progress, and demonstrating how ancient Egypt was more than a mere setting for Orientalist fantasies or nightmares, the book establishes how conceptions of modernity were inextricably bound up in the contemporary reception of the ancient world, and suggests how such ideas that took root and flourished in the Victorian era persist to this day.en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::D Literature & literary studies::DS Literature: history & criticismen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HD Archaeology::HDD Archaeology by period / region::HDDG Egyptian archaeology / Egyptologyen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HR Religion & beliefs::HRK Other non-Christian religions::HRKP Ancient religions & mythologies::HRKP1 Ancient Egyptian religion & mythologyen_US
dc.subject.otherancient Egypt;Victorian literature;18th century;19th century;early film;science;magic;alchemy;art;photography;occultism;spiritualism;esotericism;astronomy;time travel;physics;electricity;x-rays;optics;theatre;psychologyen_US
dc.titleVictorian Alchemyen_US
dc.title.alternativeScience, magic and ancient Egypten_US
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.14324/111.9781787358485en_US
oapen.relation.isPublishedBydf73bf94-b818-494c-a8dd-6775b0573bc2en_US
oapen.relation.isbn9781787358492en_US
oapen.relation.isbn9781787358508en_US
oapen.relation.isbn9781787358515en_US
oapen.relation.isbn1787358522978en_US
oapen.pages279en_US
oapen.place.publicationLondonen_US


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