What is it about?
This essay looks at the inclusion of modern scientific ideas about electricity and x-rays in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature, using Bram Stoker's novel 'The Jewel of Seven Stars' and H. Rider Haggard's short story 'Smith and the Pharaohs' as case studies.
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Why is it important?
This essay demonstrates that cutting-edge scientific ideas were often used alongside ancient Egyptian themes in literature to suggest the advanced nature of ancient Egyptian society.
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This page is a summary of: GODS AND GHOST-LIGHT: ANCIENT EGYPT, ELECTRICITY, AND X-RAYS, Victorian Literature and Culture, February 2017, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/s1060150316000462.
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