Popular Receptions of Archaeology

Fictional and Factual Texts in Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Britain

Susanne Duesterberg



Popular archaeology is a heterogeneous phenomenon. By focusing on the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, Egyptian mummies, and the ruin complex Great Zimbabwe in fictional and factual texts, Susanne Duesterberg maps the popular reception of archaeology in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. Her new interdisciplinary and comparative view on different archaeologies reflected in contemporary sociocultural concerns, along with her focus on popular culture, identity, gender, postcolonial theory, and memory studies, helps this book appeal broadly to experts and the general public.


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Susanne Duesterberg is a staff member at the English Department of Freiburg University. Her research interests include Victorian and modernist literature and culture.