Signs of Cleopatra
Reading an Icon Historically
Mary Hamer is a Fellow of the DuBois Institute, Harvard. She has published widely on literary and cultural history including work on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Anthony Trollope and Cleopatra. She was involved in curating the British Museum’s exhibition on Cleopatra and has appeared on Woman’s Hour.
List of plates Preface to the 2008 edition Acknowledgements Introduction 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 Notes Afterword: Cleopatra in the twenty-first century: The debate over race Bibliography Index
Signs of Cleopatra’s very rigorous engagement with art history and the Cleopatra icon makes it particularly useful for courses on art history, visual culture and women’s studies… Especially valuable are the coherent readings of visual images, supported by fantastic illustrations.
The book is far stronger than a lot of recent competitors and is much more sensitively written.
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
An example of the best kind of research on a female figure whose resonance in myth/history carries a weight of baggage that needs feminist investigation.
University of London
Mary Hamer has written a fascinating study of politics and desire, authority and sexuality, through the protean figure of Cleopatra.
Edition: Updated second edition
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: September 26, 2008