Pharaoh’s Revenge

  • Samah Selim
Part of the Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World book series (LCIW)


This chapter explores Muhammad Lutfi Jumʿa’s re-translation of the place of ancient Egypt in colonial archeology, in a British “imperial gothic” bestseller of the Edwardian era, Pharos the Egyptian, by Guy Newell Boothby (1899). Selim discusses the historical contexts of the imperial gothic genre in Edwardian Britain, as well as those of its Arabic translation in order to illustrate the political and social tensions and complicities that frame literary “rewritings” across the colonial divide and to examine the ways in which nineteenth-century social theories of civilization and degeneration shaped the agendas of both British and Egyptian reformers across national borders.

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  • Samah Selim
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  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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