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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Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson

Read it Forward Read it first. Please try again later. It pretends to be transgressive, but has the stench of fatigue and cliche, like a teenage boy reeking of cheap bodyspray saying ‘penis’ in public. Account Options Sign in. Why in a page volume she didn’t add a concluding chapter I do not know; perhaps after a long discussion on ‘Amherst’s Madame de Sade’ she could endure no more.

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.

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Now this is a fine challenging book, but what’s so bad about it? On the other hand, she writes about this eroticism with a prurient tone as if it were loathsome.

I have no higher praise. Though if you still need to read the material she covers which is …more Relatively, yeah. The masochistic pleasures of sentimental literature. Paglia offers provocative views of literature, art history, psychology, and religion.

She considers women like Myra Hindley or Emily Dickinson not to be challenging the limits of laglia gender but rather to be exhibiting, in their different ways, a kind of hermaphrodism.


Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Given the book’s success, I felt little pity for the author. This doesn’t have the academic rigor that I was expecting, but it was a very fun read, and now I feel like going back through OK, so her theoretical basis is absolute bullshit, combining personal bias, excessive Freudianism, and reactionary sexual politics into ssxual obnoxious combination.

I am a science geek and am in a medical profession. Swinburne and Pater Chapter 19 Apollo Daemonized: I happy am Joy is my name,— Sweet joy befall thee! I believe It can also be seen in Hegelian Dialectic. Read at your own peril. Jul 23, Anne rated it really liked it. Also, I have a strange desire to physically fight Camille Paglia. Civilation wouldn’t exist without men because women have no drive to do anything except sit around and wait for men to bring them food and build stuff for them.

This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat Fascinating writers and speakers, they are erudite and original. Paglia’s main thesis is that men are the movers and shakers, and women are slothful baby producers. Though if you still need to read the material she covers which is recommended it will take you awhile to get through SP. Do I agree with her?

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How do liberals and feminists—as well as conservatives—fatally misread human nature? Her book, Sexual Personae: What power of conception, what grandiosity: The New York Times. She simply seems like she would be a fun person to wrestle. This is now a classic in feminist art studies and philosophy. If civilization had been left in female hands, we would still be living in grass huts. Venus of Willendorf is eyeless because nature can be seen but not known.

When you ignore empirical evidence all you have left is what resonates for you personally, which Freudian theory does not. Get to Know Us.

Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia

Civilation wouldn’t exist without men because women have no drive to do anything except sit around and wa Ah, Camille Paglia. Paglia comes at you from so far out of left-field that she’s actually wandered persone the field altogether, and is now yelling at you from way off in the car park somewhere, gesticulating with a rabid look in paglua eye like someone trying to shift copies pzglia The Watchtower outside a Tube station.


I think the elicitation of emotional response – whether in agreement or anger – forces us to examine standard cultural beliefs and grants an opportunity for different ways of seeing. Paglia seems to pick a bone with modern feminists, and that’s okay. See all 95 reviews. It was published by Vintage Books in Feb 12, Matt rated it liked it Shelves: Given her own lifestyle, she seems a unlikely cheerleader for the concept. Print Hardcover and Paperback.

Sexual Personae received critical reviews from numerous personaae scholars. Paglia writes well, but the danger of her compelling prose is that people may believe her.

In her analysis of various writers her argument is often sexula perhaps to have taken fewer examples from each would have been adequate, then again she is presenting a view of various mainly English writers which is perhaps quite different from the standard literary critique and therefore worthy of explication.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Each sentence jabs like a needle. Explore the Home Gift Guide.