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The mummy's curse: a study in rumour

Luckhurst, Roger (2010) The mummy's curse: a study in rumour. Critical Quarterly 52 (3), pp. 6-22. ISSN 0011-1562.

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We associate the curse of the mummy with the opening of the tomb of Tutankhamen in February 1923 and the death, six weeks later, of the fifth Earl of Carnarvon. In fact, this curse rehearsed two prior curse stories associated with Victorian gentleman and which circulated as gossip and rumour in the late Victorian era. This essay tries to recover those fugitive narratives in the belief that they help reveal more of the cultural significance of the curse narrative in the Victorian and Edwardian era.

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > English and Humanities
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Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2011 10:10
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