Here is the fiery, provocative, and unparalleled work of feminist art criticism that launched Camille Paglia’s exceptional career as one of our most. Camille Paglia. · Rating details · 2, ratings · reviews. From ancient Egypt through the nineteenth century, Sexual Personae explores the provocative . Camille Paglia-Sexual Uploaded by. J. Zanelli San Ma Sexual Personae Sexual Personae Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson .

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They are not honorably conservative nor liberal, just skewed. We are experiencing technical difficulties. It’s still relevant, and either way it prompts thinking. As another reviewer said Paglia is like a “gateway drug”.

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On the other hand, she write I will usually read the books I’m given and this sexusl was from a coworker at Loyola University Chicago. She is remote even as she kills and creates. If you want an academic history of art, there are plenty of college textbooks, used and new, out there. Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson. Paglia is controversial but essential reading. The novelist John Updike wrote that Sexual Personae “feels less a survey than a curiously ornate harangue.

Apglia, for instance, was a neurotic racist, but I’ve defended his horror fiction. Jan 14, Izzy Rey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gerald Gillespie called Sexual Personae “vigorous and capacious,” and wrote of Paglia, “Her passion for her subject matter [ Sexual Personae began to take shape in essays Paglia wrote in college between and She associates Apollo with order, structure, pwrsonae symmetry, and Dionysus with chaos, disorder, and nature.

I have read this book at leas This book is one of my all-time favorites and my favorite of Paglia’s. The book received critical reviews from numerous feminist scholars, but was praised by some literary critics. A clearly insane person. She wrote to be understood — and this book is not only her breakthrough, but in many cases her summa. Oct 04, A. The American Historical Review.


She has been variously called the “feminist that other feminists love to hate,” a “post-feminist feminist,” one of the world’s top intellectuals by the UK’s Prospect Magazineand by her own description “a feminist bisexual egomaniac.

She’s Italian, dontcha know? I have read this book at least twice; it is rare for me as a reader to return to any text I’ve read previously.

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Camille Paglia may be mad, but she is absolutely passionate. For her to have laid out this outline Contents List of Illustrations Preface. Sweet joy but two days old, Sweet joy I call thee; Thou dost smile.

She demonstrates how much of western life, art, and thought is ruled by personality, which she traces through recurrent types or personae such as the female vampire Medusa, Lauren Bacall ; the pythoness the Dephic oracle, Gracie Allen ; the beautiful boy Hadrian’s Antinous, Dorian Gray ; the epicene man of beauty Lord Byron, Elvis Presley ; and the male heroine Baudelaire, Woody Allen.

I enjoyed this work as I have enjoyed few other works of modern literary criticism, and in this way Paglia is in league with her mentor Harold Bloom. For some people, it is. The offense reaction, of course, suggests that I share the cultural disease.

On the other hand, she writes about this eroticism with a prurient tone as if it were loathsome. Each sentence jabs like a needle. Paglia in a video: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Free Women, Free Men: It is mad but, somehow, weirdly mind-expanding. The title captures personaee essence, the different personae persona: Paglia comes at you from so far out of left-field that she’s actually wandered off the field altogether, and is now yelling at you from way off in the car park somewhere, gesticulating with a rabid look in her eye like someone trying to shift copies of The Watchtower outside a Tube station.


I took my time reading this as there is a huge amount of information to absorb, and Paglia’s style made up of brief but incredibly pungent sentences is wearying, although I don’t mean that as a criticism. There is no psychology or identity yet, because there is no society, no cohesion. It was published by Camile Books in She likely would have been prsonae more offended than I was.

The prose is an unceasingly percussive hammering of Paglia – as a friend of mine once said to her face at a signing – is a gateway drug. Judy Simons criticized Paglia’s “potentially sinister political agenda,” and decried her “intellectual sleight of hand. Paglia’s discovery of Simone de Beauvoir ‘s The Second Sex in inspired her to persoae a book larger in scope.

This book is one of my all-time favorites and my favorite of Paglia’s. Balzac Chapter 16 Cults of Sex and Beauty: For the first couple of hundred pages, I went back personas forth on whether I thought that she really believed this stuff. In fact, it’s just what we need, and maybe feminism could warm up to Paglia’s wicked side. Journal of the History of Sexualityspecial issue, Part 1: Camille Paglia’s Sexual Personae “.

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Then where, I ask, did Paglia get the motivation to write this very long, detailed, and well-researched book? English Choose a language for shopping. They may be bullshit theories, but they are riveting bullshit theories.