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Delaram Shadman Motlagh

Languages and Literature, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

Victorian Cleopatras: Sexuality, Race and Empire at the Fin de Si�cle.

Drawing on the classical tradition of Graeco-Roman biography, Victorian Cleopatras occupied a space between feminine and masculine, civilised and savage, Greek and Egyptian. For fin-de-siecle writers and artists, Cleopatra’s ambivalent position reflected the dissolution of established Victorian values. By analysing works of art, fashion, fiction and nineteenth-century adaptions of Shakespeare’s ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ (1607), this project will demonstrate how a radically reimagined cleopatra became an emblem of social and cultural transformation in late-Victorian Britain and the Empire. 


Research Area

  • Languages and Literature

Other Research Interests

  • Race and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Britain
  • The Woman Question 
  • Late-Victorian popular culture
  • The Gothic 
  • Sensation Fiction