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Ancient Egyptian LiteratureTheory and Practice$
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Roland Enmarch and Verena M. Lepper

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265420

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265420.001.0001

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Constructing Textual Identity

Constructing Textual Identity

Framing and Self-Reference in Egyptian Texts

Chapter:
(p.185) 10 Constructing Textual Identity
Source:
Ancient Egyptian Literature
Author(s):

Fredrik Hagen

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265420.003.0010

This chapter analyses the way in which Egyptian literary, scientific, and mortuary texts present their own origins, and how they seek to construct a (largely fictional) historical identity for themselves. This identity is established by the use of a shared set of topoi, phraseology, narrative structures, and protagonists, including well-known historical characters like Hordedef, Khaemwaset, and Amenhotep Son of Hapu. By drawing on so-called ‘find-notes’ from the Book of the Dead Spells, as well as medical and mathematical texts, and by comparing them with the literary tradition as preserved in tales and wisdom instructions, the chapter maps the ways in which such identities are constructed, as well as the motives behind this practice.

Keywords:   intertextuality, literature, medical texts, Hordedef, Khaemwaset

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