Taking as a background two notorious travelogues from pharaonic Egypt, this book promises to stir the debate on ancient Egyptian literary fiction.
Following an analysis of traditional Egyptological criticism, the author outlines a theoretical framework in which works like
Wenamun can be considered as literary fictions. Travelling abroad and boundary transgression come out convincingly as the decisive criteria of Egyptian fictionality.
Context is being given in part two of the work, in which at the same time the boundary transgression theme is shown to be one of specific importance in the culture of ancient Egypt.
In his final chapter Gerald Moers acts as the reader’s guide through a fresh re-read of ancient Egyptian travel literature.
Fingierte Welten thus offers a historically expanded perspective on fictionality, and is of special interest not only to Egyptologists, but to all those interested in comparative literature.
Gerald Moers, Ph.D. (1996) in Egyptology, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, is Research Fellow at the Göttingen Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Internationality of National Literatures’. He has published articles on Ancient Egyptian language and literature and recently edited
Definitely: Egyptian Literature (Göttingen 1999).
Egyptologists, all those interested in literary theory, comparative literature, and literary history.