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Signs of Cleopatra : history, politics, representation

Author: Mary Hamer
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1993.
Series: Gender, culture, difference.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For two thousand years images of Cleopatra have been distorted by the fantasies of European imagination and cultures. Our view of Cleopatra is structured not by the existence of the real woman but by the historical and cultural influences governing the various readings of her life. Each influence bears the traces of specific struggles for power and meaning. Mary Hamer recovers those traces. Cleopatra is often  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hamer, Mary, 1944-
Signs of Cleopatra.
London ; New York : Routledge, 1993
(OCoLC)741859413
Named Person: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt; Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt; Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt; Königin VII ) Kleopatra (Ägypten; Kleopatra, Ägypten Königin
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Hamer
ISBN: 0415048710 9780415048712 0415048729 9780415048729
OCLC Number: 26131075
Description: xxii, 164 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Gender, Culture, Difference: general editor's preface --
1. Looking like a queen --
2. Cleopatra: housewife --
3. Newton and Cleopatra --
4. Spaced out: Cleopatra and the citizen-king --
5. A body for Cleopatra.
Series Title: Gender, culture, difference.
Responsibility: Mary Hamer.

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"For two thousand years images of Cleopatra have been distorted by the fantasies of European imagination and cultures. Our view of Cleopatra is structured not by the existence of the real woman but by the historical and cultural influences governing the various readings of her life. Each influence bears the traces of specific struggles for power and meaning. Mary Hamer recovers those traces. Cleopatra is often associated with desire but she also represents a woman's power to act for her own fulfilment. "Signs of Cleopatra" is a set of Cleopatra puzzles, using the Bakhtinian argument that a contest of meanings based around a figure allow issues of the widest importance to be organized and earthed through it. Taking particular images of Cleopatra from history, classics, literary studies and art history the author explores the differences between these images, concentrating on the specific social and historical formations which inform each reading and questioning the processes of representation itself."--Amazon.com.

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