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The Narrative Structure Of Ancient Egyptian Tales: From Sinuhe To Setna, Jacqueline Jay Dec 2007

The Narrative Structure Of Ancient Egyptian Tales: From Sinuhe To Setna, Jacqueline Jay

Jacqueline E. Jay

Among the vast number of texts to have survived from ancient Egypt, the corpus of literary tales forms one of the most well-known and extensively studied groups. Thus far, however, analyses of the tales have focused on individual texts and language phases without examining the relationship between tales of different phases. My dissertation addresses this gap, examining how changes in grammar from phase to phase affected how a tale was told. This project focuses on three phases of the ancient Egyptian language: Middle Egyptian, Late Egyptian, and Demotic. Chapter 1 surveys prior scholarship and outlines the methodology of the project ...