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Hieroglyphic Modernisms: Writing and New Media in the Twentieth Century

Jesse Schotter


In the British Museum, one object attracts more tourists than any other: the Rosetta Stone. The decipherment of the Stone by Jean-François Champollion and the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 contributed to creating a worldwide vogue for all things Egyptian. This fascination was shared by early-twentieth-century authors who invoked Egyptian writing to paint a more complicated picture of European interest in non-Western languages. Hieroglyphs can be found everywhere in modernist novels and in discussions of silent film, appearing at moments when writers and theorists seek to underst ... More

Keywords: Film, Modernism, Media, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Egypt, Hieroglyphs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474424776
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424776.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jesse Schotter, author