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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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Egyptian Life, by and with Literary Texts

Egyptian Life, by and with Literary Texts

(p.227) 12 Egyptian Life, by and with Literary Texts
Ancient Egyptian Literature

Ludwig D. Morenz

British Academy

This chapter discusses aspects of Egyptian ‘fine literature’ (belles-lettres), and combines general literary and cultural-scientific theoretical considerations with specific case studies from both Middle Egyptian and Late Egyptian literature. It addresses questions of form and function, producers and recipients, as well as discussing the search for empirical readers. Also discussed are the question of original manuscripts and the potential significance of writing errors.

Keywords:   intentio operas, literary theory, Egyptian literature, textual transmission, reception, reader-response theory

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