The Mummy in Literature and Film

Five-week course, beginning -
The Mummy

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  • Full Price: £275.00 Member: £235.00 Other concessions available

Unfortunately this course has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be contacted by the Box Office.

Course dates: Wednesdays 24, 31 October and 7, 14, 21 November 

Times: 18.00 – 20.00

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Gothic monsters come in many guises: vampires, werewolves, malevolent ghosts, and resurrected mummies. This course explores the often ambivalent ways in which the mummy has been represented in short stories, novels, and non-fiction curse narratives in 19th-century literature and 20th-century films. Mummies are sometimes objects of terror who persecute those who have violated their tombs, but also objects of love and desire as they beguile and mesmerise Western tomb invaders. 

Explore how mummy stories reflect popular archaeological interest in Egypt and the mummy as a monster and an avenger. Such stories often questioned the legitimacy of these tomb explorations, raising questions about whether they helped to generate knowledge about ancient Egypt, or if they were violations of the graves of the dead. How much does the mummy tells us about Britain’s past as well as the ancient Egyptians? Discuss how later film adaptations address ideas of cultural appropriation and how they relate to American and British political interests.


Name: The Mummy in Literature and Film
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £275.00
Member: £235.00
Senior 60+: £248.00
Student: £235.00
Registered Unemployed: £235.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546