Becoming Cleopatra

The Shifting Image of an Icon

Authors: Royster, F.

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Cleopatra. Sexy, sultry, political, and racially ambiguous. Moving fluidly from Shakespeare's England to contemporary LA, Francesca Royster looks at the performance of race and sexuality in a wide range of portrayals of that icon of dangerous female sexuality, Cleopatra. Royster begins with Shakespeare's original appropriation of Plutarch, and then moves on to analyze performances of the Cleopatra icon by Josephine Baker, Elizabeth Taylor, Pam Grier (Cleopatra Jones) and Queen Latifah (in Set It Off ). Royster argues that Cleopatra highlights a larger cultural anxiety about women, sexuality, and race.

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FRANCESCA ROYSTER is Associate Professor of English at DePaul University, where she teaches courses on Shakespeare, film, and black feminism. She is one of the leading young African American feminist Shakespeare scholars.

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'...a dense but readable book, especially appropriate for 'Women in Film' courses.' - Publishers Weekly Annex


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: Becoming Cleopatra

    Royster, Francesca T.

    Pages 1-29

  • African Dreams, Egyptian Nightmares: Cleopatra and Becoming England

    Royster, Francesca T.

    Pages 33-57

  • Cleopatra and the Birth of Film: Staging Perpetual Motion

    Royster, Francesca T.

    Pages 59-92

  • Egyptian Scandals: Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra and the White Grotesque

    Royster, Francesca T.

    Pages 93-118

  • Becoming Cleopatra/Becoming Girl: Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra, Her First Roman and Reclaiming the Lives of Black Girls

    Royster, Francesca T.

    Pages 121-143

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Becoming Cleopatra
Book Subtitle
The Shifting Image of an Icon
Authors
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-07417-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-07417-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6108-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6109-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 258
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