Histories of Egyptology are increasingly of interest: to Egyptologists, archaeologists, historians, and others. Yet, particularly as Egypt undergoes a contested process of political redefinition, how do we write these histories, and what (or who) are they for?  This volume addresses a variety of important themes, the historical involvement of Egyptology with the political sphere, the manner in which the discipline stakes out its professional territory, the ways in which practitioners represent Egyptological knowledge, and the relationship of this knowledge to the public sphere. Histories of Egyptology provides the basis to understand how Egyptologists constructed their discipline. Yet the volume also demonstrates how they construct ancient Egypt, and how that construction interacts with much wider concerns: of society, and of the making of the modern world.   

chapter 1|15 pages


Thinking about Histories of Egyptology

part I|61 pages

The Creation and Isolation of an Academic Discipline

chapter 2|15 pages

The Object of Study

Egyptology, Archaeology, and Anthropology at Oxford, 1860–1960

chapter 3|16 pages

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

chapter 4|14 pages

The Cursed Discipline?

The Peculiarities of Egyptology at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

chapter 5|14 pages

Interdisciplinary Measures

Beyond Disciplinary Histories of Egyptology

part II|60 pages

Knowledge in the Making

chapter 6|15 pages

Beyond Travelers' Accounts and Reproductions

Unpublished Nineteenth-Century Works as Histories of Egyptology

chapter 7|17 pages

Studies in Esoteric Syntax

The Enigmatic Friendship of Aleister Crowley and Battiscombe Gunn

part III|59 pages

Colonial Mediations, Postcolonial Responses

chapter 11|17 pages

Remembering and Forgetting Tutankhamun

Imperial and National Rhythms of Archaeology, 1922–1972

chapter 12|11 pages

The State of the Archive

Manipulating Memory in Modern Egypt and the Writing of Egyptological Histories

chapter 13|13 pages

Histories of Egyptology in Egypt

Some Thoughts

part IV|71 pages

Representing Knowledge

chapter 15|12 pages

Repeating Death

The High Priest Character in Mummy Horror Films

chapter 16|15 pages

What's in a Face?

Mummy Portrait Panels and Identity in Museum Display

chapter 17|11 pages

Legacies of Engagement

The Multiple Manifestations of Ancient Egypt in Public Discourse

chapter IV|1 pages


chapter 18|15 pages

The Old and New Egyptian Museums

Between Imperialists, Nationalists, and Tourists