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    Science versus rumour: artefaction and counter-narrative in the Egyptian rooms of the British Museum

    Luckhurst, Roger (2012) Science versus rumour: artefaction and counter-narrative in the Egyptian rooms of the British Museum. History and Anthropology 23 (2), pp. 257-269. ISSN 0275-7206.

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    Abstract

    Stories of the mummy's curse persist, despite efforts of the enlightened museum to dismiss these tales as superstition. This article follows the story of one particular “cursed” artefact in the British Museum, using archives and other resources to reconstruct the “true” story behind the circulated rumour. The paper concludes that the mummy's curse is a displaced account of the violence of colonial and museal appropriation of objects, a counter-narrative of historical things that resist dispossession by the process of artefaction undertaken by museums.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Research Centre: Contemporary Literature, Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2014 14:08
    Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 15:38
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/9347

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