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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In this brilliantly camile book, Camille Paglia identifies some of the major patterns that have endured in western culture from ancient Egypt and Greece to the present.

According to Paglia, one source of continuity is paganism, which, undefeated by Judeo-Christianity, continues to flourish in art, eroticism, astrology, and pop culture. Others, she says, are androgyny, sadism, and the aggressive western eye, which has created our art and cinema.

Ca,ille follows these and other themes from Nefertiti and the Venus of Willendorf to Apollo and Dionysus, from Botticelli and Michaelangelo to Shakespeare and Blake and finally to Emily Dickinson, who, along with other major nineteenth-century authors, becomes a remarkable example of Romanticism turned into Decadence.


Paglia offers provocative views of literature, art history, psychology, and religion.

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She focuses, for example, on the amorality, voyeurism, and pornography in great art that have been ignored or glossed over by most critics. She discusses sex and nature as brutal daemonic forces, and she pdrsonae feminists for sentimentality or wishful thinking about the causes of rape, violence, and poor relations between the sexes.

She stressed the biologic basis of sex differences and sees the mother as an overwhelming force who condemns men to lifelong sexual anxiety, from which they escape through rationalism and physical achievement.

She examines the culture and style of modern male homosexuals. 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 Pfrsonae, 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.


Her book will stimulate and awe readers everywhere.

Okay, I didn’t read ALL of this book, but it made my brain hurt in a good way. In the Preface Paglia says her book Account Options Sign in.

According to Paglia, one source of continuity is paganism, which, undefeated by Judeo-Christianity, continues to flourish in art, My library Help Advanced Book Search. Yale University Press Amazon.

Contents List of Illustrations Preface. Gautier Baudelaire and Huysmans. Other editions – View all Sexual Personae: List of Illustrations Preface.