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Sexual Personae: Art & Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson

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Publisher Comments:

From ancient Egypt through the nineteenth century, Sexual Personae explores the provocative connections between art and pagan ritual; between Emily Dickinson and the Marquis de Sade; between Lord Byron and Elvis Presley. It ultimately challenges the cultural assumptions of both conservatives and traditional liberals. 47 photographs.

Review:

"This hefty volume is composed of cavalry charges: 'Sex and Violence,' 'Pagan Beauty,' 'Shakespeare and Dionysus,' 'Amherst's Madame de Sade.' Paglia's outrageous reinterpretations of Western art and literature are intended to shock, and she occasionally goes out of her way to attack conventional feminism and liberalism. But she is, above all, a critic of personality, and she has no interest in scholarly decorum. What is really valuable here is Paglia's wide range of interests. She draws together art history, psychoanalytic theory, anthropology, philosophy, pop culture, and anything else that helps her illuminate her response to literature. The comparative study of Lord Byron and Elvis Presley is worth the price of the book." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

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"Heavily influenced by Nietzsche, {Paglia's} style is marked by angry exhilaration, brittle epigrams and acid paradoxes, a combination that bullies rather than persuades. The posturing is hard to take seriously, indeed may well be a literary game, a tongue-in-cheek performance to rile the various critical camps....A few interesting readings emerge – Blake's Infant Joy as a 'Rousseauist vacuum' into which all sorts of unspeakable horrors threaten to rush, Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest as a 'reactionary political poem', a gripping account of Melville's Moby-Dick, Emily Dickinson recast as 'Madame deSade' – but the rest is largely unsurprising." Rachel Clare, The Times Literary Supplement

Review:

"A remarkable book, at once outrageous and compelling, fanatical and brilliant....One must be awed by [Paglia's] vast energy, erudition and wit" Washington Post Book World

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 675-700) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679735793
Author:
Paglia, Camille
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Arts
Subject:
Romanticism
Subject:
19th century
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Literature, Modern
Subject:
Sex in literature
Subject:
Sex in art
Subject:
Paganism in literature.
Subject:
Paganism in art.
Subject:
Decadence
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Decadence (literary movement)
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
970
Publication Date:
19910831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
8.02x5.22x1.52 in. 1.51 lbs.

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Product details 736 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679735793 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Heavily influenced by Nietzsche, {Paglia's} style is marked by angry exhilaration, brittle epigrams and acid paradoxes, a combination that bullies rather than persuades. The posturing is hard to take seriously, indeed may well be a literary game, a tongue-in-cheek performance to rile the various critical camps....A few interesting readings emerge – Blake's Infant Joy as a 'Rousseauist vacuum' into which all sorts of unspeakable horrors threaten to rush, Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest as a 'reactionary political poem', a gripping account of Melville's Moby-Dick, Emily Dickinson recast as 'Madame deSade' – but the rest is largely unsurprising."
"Review" by , "A remarkable book, at once outrageous and compelling, fanatical and brilliant....One must be awed by [Paglia's] vast energy, erudition and wit"
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