Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson [BT]

Author(s): Camille Paglia

non fiction | the sisterhood

Is Emily Dickinson the female Sade? Is Donatello's David a bit of paedophile pornography? What is the secret kinship between Byron and Elvis Presley, between the Medusa and Madonna? How do liberals and feminists - as well as conservatives - fatally misread human nature? This audacious and omnivorously learned work of guerilla scholarship offers nothing less than a unified-field theory of Western culture, high and low, since the Egyptians invented beauty - making a persuasive case for all art as a pagan battleground between male and female, form and chaos, civilisation and demonic nature.

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Camille Paglia is the University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. A regular contributor to Salon.com, she is the author of Glittering Images; Break, Blow, Burn; Sexual Personae; Sex, Art, and American Culture; and Vamps & Tramps.

General Fields

  • : 9780679735793
  • : Vintage Books USA
  • : Vintage Books USA
  • : February 1992
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 718
  • : Camille Paglia
  • : Paperback
  • : Vintage Books ed