MSSU Egypt Semester

Egypt Reading Events

Events:

Readings in Ancient Egyptian Literature Readings in Ancient Egyptian Literature

1:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2011
Phelps Theater in Beimdiek Recreation Center
Admission: free

This literature is one of the oldest in history, extending back many centuries before the birth of Christ. The earliest work was in the form of poetry, although prose later developed during this ancient period. Various types of literature were created, including religious verse, myths, commentaries about death, instructional materials, and warnings. Produced on papyrus, pottery, and stone, the literature was recorded in both hieroglyph and cursive styles. These readings (in English) by faculty from Missouri Southern’s English department will present examples of intriguing texts from this long-ago time.

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Readings from The Book of the Dead Readings from The Book of the Dead

1:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011
Phelps Theater in Beimdiek Recreation Center
Admission: free

This fascinating body of literature encompasses many books that were made over the course of several centuries to help a deceased person negotiate the path to the afterlife. These books, which are all different, feature various “spells,” or orations, that illuminate ancient Egyptian views about death. Written for important individuals and placed within the coffin, the books were created either in hieroglyph or cursive form on papyrus, often with drawings. This reading session, presented by faculty from the English department, will provide background on these significant texts and present examples (in English).

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Readings from Contemporary Egyptian Literature Egyptian Flag

1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011
Phelps Theater in Beimdiek Recreation Center
Admission: free

This presentation will focus on modern Egyptian literature written in Arabic. Egypt came under the control of Arab forces in the seventh century, and Arabic is today the nation’s official language, although Nubian and other languages are heard as well. As in previous centuries, modern Egypt has produced a rich variety of writings, including verse and fiction, covering an array of interesting topics. These readings (in English) by faculty from Missouri Southern’s English department will include compelling examples of both poetry and prose from contemporary Egypt.

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