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Toni Bentley

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300090390

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300090390.001.0001

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The Queen of the Nile

The Queen of the Nile

(p.131) Chapter Twelve The Queen of the Nile
Sisters of Salome

Toni Bentley

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Ida Rubinstein, an exotic, wealthy Russian Jew who performed the ballet Cléopâtre at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 1909. Ida's Cleopatra, with her great height, small breasts, slim boyish hips, and long legs, heralded the entrance into the twentieth century of the phallic female who towered over the feminized, magnetized male. Ida presented a startling modern image, an early metaphor for the athletic, demanding woman ruling her fearful, emasculated man.

Keywords:   Ida Rubinstein, Russian Jew, Théâtre du Châtelet, Cleopatra, phallic female

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