REMINDER: Toronto Chapter lecture on January 8th
- The Birth of Ancient Egyptian LiteratureThe question of which Egyptian texts can be considered literature has long been a matter of discussion. In recent years, various attempts have been made to answer the question, some using literary theory. One such answer has some surprising implications for the origins of literature as a reflection of ancient Egyptian psychology.
About The Speaker: James P. Allen received his PhD from the University of Chicago. Before joining Brown University in 2007 as the Wilbour Professor of Egyptology, Prof. Allen was an epigrapher with the University of Chicago's Epigraphic Survey, the Cairo Director of the American Research Center in Egypt, and a curator of Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is also President of the International Association of Egyptologists. Prof. Allen's research interests include ancient Egyptian grammar and literature, religion, and history. He has written extensively on these subjects, including Genesis in Egypt: the Philosophy of Ancient Egyptian Creation Accounts (Yale, 1988), Middle Egyptian: an Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs (Cambridge, 2000), The Heqanakht Papyri (MMA, 2002), and The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts (Society of Biblical Literature, 2005). He is currently working on publication of material from the Metropolitan Museum's excavations at Lisht and Dahshur and on an historical study of the phonology and grammar of ancient Egyptian.