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Becoming Cleopatra The Shifting Image of an Icon

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ISBN-10: 1403961093

ISBN-13: 9781403961099

Edition: 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Francesca T. Royster, Francesca Royster

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Cleopatra endures as a reigning icon of 'exotic' femininity. Sexy, political, and racially ambiguous-since the time of Shakespeare she has been a central character in popular culture. And, more often than not, Cleopatra has been imagined as the epitome of dangerous female sexuality. Moving fluidly from Shakespeare's England to contemporary Los Angeles, Francesca Royster looks at the performance of race and sexuality in a wide range of portrayals of Cleopatra. Royster begins with Shakespeare's original appro-priation of Plutarch, and then moves on to analyze performances of the Cleopatra icon by Josephine Baker, and the on-screen performances of Elizabeth Taylor, Tamara Dobson (Cleopatra…    
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Book details

List price: $79.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 9/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 258
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Introduction: Becoming Cleopatra
Cleopatra and the White Imaginary
African Dreams, Egyptian Nightmares: Cleopatra and Becoming England
Cleopatra and the Birth of Film: Staging Perpetual Motion
Egyptian Scandals: Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra and the White Grotesque
Cleopatra and African American Counter Narratives
Becoming Cleopatra/Becoming Girl: Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra, Her Favorite Roman and Reclaiming the Lives of Black Girls
Cleopatra Jones: Blaxploitation and Tactical Alliances with Shakespeare
Queering Cleo: Set It Off and Queen Latifah's "Butch-in-the-Hood"
Epilogue: Cleopatra in an Age of Racial Profiling
Selected Bibliography