Cleopatra and Her Problems: T.S. Eliot and the Fetishization of Shakespeare's Queen of the Nile

  title={Cleopatra and Her Problems: T.S. Eliot and the Fetishization of Shakespeare's Queen of the Nile},
  author={John P. McCombe},
  journal={Journal of Modern Literature},
  pages={23 - 38}
  • John P. McCombe
  • Published 25 March 2008
  • Linguistics, Art
  • Journal of Modern Literature
This essay traces the evolution of T.S. Eliot's poetic allusions to Shakespeare's Cleopatra and the ways in which the Egyptian queen —as a racial and colonial Other —may be related to Eliot's own shifting sense of national identity. Rather than follow other scholars and read Eliot's use of the imperial splendor of Shakespeare's Cleopatra as an ironic counterpoint to the shabby and degraded life of modern London, my research suggests that, for Eliot, Cleopatra is no wielder of imperial power… 

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