Unwrapping the Self: Victorian Mummy Unwrappings and Questions of Mortality

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Sara Brio is a first-year doctoral researcher at the University of Leeds. Her thesis examines the intersection between representations of Ancient Egypt in Victorian fiction and nineteenth-century theology. She first became fascinated by Ancient Egypt around the age of seven, when her mother refused to gratify Sara’s request to be mummified in the event of her untimely demise, claiming that it was: ‘too expensive’. Information on her research activities and further childhood disappointments can be found on her University profile: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/profile/40000/1357/sara_brio.

Wrapping1 Paul Dominique Philippoteaux (1845-1924) Examen d’une momie – Une prêtresse d’Ammon (Examination of a Mummy – The Priestess of Ammon) (Egypt, c.1895 – 1910).

Buried at the bottom of page 831 of TheIllustrated London News from 28 December, 1889, is a short article entitled: ‘Unrolling a Mummy.’ It begins with a terse summation of the events of the 18th of December wherein ‘[t]here was a large…

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