Consuming Bodies: Cultural Fantasies of Ancient Egypt

Body and Society 4 (1):63-76 (1998)
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This article explores the legacy of ancient Egypt in popular culture, from the 19th century onwards - through the theme of consumption. A range of media is covered including literature, film and performance. I argue that Egypt has been a constant mirror for contemporary culture in terms of the body, sexuality and the Orient. In the West, Egyptian bodies have always been consumed, literally or metaphorically and in the 1990s a commodified Egypt has to extend beyond normative sexuality. Thus, Egypt has to be queered and to illustrate this ultimate process of othering I consider the film, Stargate.

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