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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On the one hand, she tries to be sexy, treating the literary canon as resting on a seething bed of academically neglected eroticism. Ships from and sold by Amazon. But if you want to gain greater insight about how art works in the world sexuall including yours and mine — buy this book and read it all.

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Vintage Books August 20, Language: Out of her many broad Paglis ukases on art history, most seem to be arranged the themes of eroticism and sexual desire in art.

Having sat through any number of dry college lectures on the deemed classics of the Western canon, it was nice to see their dark, chthonic qualities exposed.

Her staccato sentences and florid imagery combine to form bizarre, other-worldly epigrams: Paglia in a video: This close reading of a classic, unavoidable song blew me right away and impressed me, showing me that brainy reading is something even I could do. Contents List of Illustrations Preface.


For some people, it is. Also, I have a strange desire to physically fight Camille Paglia. My kind of chick. Mar 12, Andrew added it Shelves: My library Help Advanced Book Search. Free Women, Free Men: Some of the things she says are a little scary. This audacious and omnivorously learned work of guerrilla scholarship offers nothing less than a unified-field theory of Western culture, high and low, since Egyptians invented beauty—making a persuasive case for all art as a pagan battleground between male and female, form and chaos, civilization and daemonic nature.

I have no name I am but two days old. For what it’s worth, if the book hadn’t been successful, if it had been the work of some closeted intellectual, I would have been more prone to notice its virtues. I sing the while Sweet joy befall thee. Conversations with Norman O. Often, her argument rests only on an assertion she herself made previously, so that the effect is like someone in a Looney Tunes cartoon crossing a chasm on a bridge they’re dismantling behind them to assemble in front.

Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson

See for yourself if she’s worth your time. Her most recent writing in the Wall Street Journal, says among some quite intelligent remarks that women asking for employment will lead to the downfall of Western civilization. These rococo phrases come at you scatter-gun style, one after the other, in disconnected leaps of illogic that can be wearying.

Paglia comes at you from so far out of left-field that she’s actually wandered off camile 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. Construction is a sublime male poetry.


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Gerald Gillespie called Sexual Personae “vigorous and capacious,” and wrote of Paglia, “Her passion for her subject matter [ She talks about decadent literature or symbolist painting not like it’s an academic exercise, but like it’s a matter of life or death. She has been variously called the “feminist that other feminists love to hate,” a “post-feminist fe Camille Anna Paglia is an American social critic, author and teacher.

The recent columns of hers that I’ve stumbled across generally contain a dram of counter-intuitive and provocative insight for every ounce of flouncy, overwritten horseshit: Learn more about Amazon Prime. Aside from this nonsensical theoretical background, there’s also a sorry undercurrent of hideous stereotyping.

The xexual reaction, of course, suggests that I share the cultural disease. It changed and expanded the world I live in, as well as how I think about “art.

Camille Paglia may be mad, but she is absolutely passionate.