Brendan Fraser and Victorian Egyptology: A Nineteenth-Century Review of Universal Pictures’ The Mummy

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Sara Brio is a PhD student 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.

Copyright: Universal Pictures 1999

It might not be surprising that my favourite film is rife with pyramids, mummies, and adventurous romance based on my dissertation topic. However, the decidedly unscholarly nature of that film might come as a bit of a shock. I usually admit with more than a little chagrin that my favourite movie is The Mummy: released by Universal Pictures in 1999 and starring Brendan Fraser as American adventurer Richard…

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