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Description - Becoming Cleopatra by Francesca Royster

Cleopatra. Sexy, sultry, political, and racially ambiguous. Moving from Shakespeare's England to contemporary Los Angeles, Francesca Royster looks at the performance of race and sexuality in 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 analyse 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781403961099
ISBN-10: 1403961093
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 258
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Francesca Royster

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.