I am working from a text book called The Art of Ancient Egypt by Gay Robbins, for my Egyptian art course, and although this is not the first time I've taught this course or used this textbook, I am finding that I don't like the textbook. I think I am actually going to have to write my own text to really get something that I feel is really useful and meets my needs. The writing itself is fairly heavy, which one would expect for an academic tome, and although the author picks up on the subtleties (and believe me, they are subtle) of the shifts in art in ancient Egypt, she doesn't really cover the symbolism in a way that I like. I am not quite sure yet how I am going to work this out, or even find the time to write the thing given all the responsibilities I have at Cheyney of late, but I need to do something. I can't find the textbook that really serves my needs, and believe me, I've been looking. I am thinking of a title or tone along the lines of Ancient Egypt for Artists.
Meanwhile, I had originally had plans to actually BE in Egypt at this very moment earlier in 2013. Of course, when civil unrest broke out there, a bunch of us who were supposed to go got very cold feet. My allergist is from Egypt, and he actually advised me not to go. He went in November and in his words, "There is not so much shooting now, but people are throwing rocks." Um, NO. I am staying safely home and hoping that things calm down in my lifetime. One of the things that has really been bothering me in my academic career is that I am an Africanist who actually has not been to Africa. I truly truly need to amend that, but not at the risk of life and limb. Somehow I need to work this out.
Anyone wanna fund me for a trip to Africa? Help me write a grant? It'll be fun, REALLY!!!!