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Habit And Haggard Imperialism

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Luckily, the Nesbit and Haggard consulted Budge in order to contextualize their novels instead of Petrie. According to Sands-O’Connor:
E. Nesbit and H. Rider Haggard wrote fantasies about Ancient Egypt that depicted, for child readers, a particular set of views about race, religion, and nation. These views were not the then-popular views of Sir William Flinders Petrie, but the more liberal views of E. A. Wallis Budge. Through fantasy, Nesbit and Haggard were able to break from traditional views and offer children a vision of a past and future empires that would embrace cultures, accept multiple religions, and promote political and cultural reform.

As such, Sands-O’Connor argues that while these authors were doing somewhat positive work in trying to properly contextualize their work, the liberalism of Budge ultimately supported imperialism. Even if he was a less inflammatory Egyptologist than Petrie, the portrayal of ancient Egyptian magic, …show more content…

Sands-O’Conner’s analysis of this agreeable, as even after reading the plethora of historical information inserted into a novel like The Story of the Amulet, it’s still incredibly evident that ancient Egypt is seen as a fictional place where there’s real magic and curses, rather than a historical kingdom. For example, another work of fiction, Lot No. 249 (1892), depicts ancient Egyptian magic as well. Lot No. 249, written by Arthur Conan Doyle, is a short horror story that depicts an Oxford college student who reanimates a mummy using ancient Egyptian magic. This narrative seems to have an interesting commentary on Egyptomania in academics. The short story revolves around Abercrombie Smith, a medical student at Oxford College, and his neighbor Edward Bellingham. Bellingham is portrayed as a fanatical Egyptology student, and even goes as far as to keep an Egyptian mummy that he purchased from

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