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When I see a giant crane passing on a flatbed truck, I pause in awe and reverence, as one would for a church procession.

Very detail analysis of sexkal vast and diverse art forms. Paglia describes the method of Sexual Personae as psychoanalytic and acknowledges a debt to the work of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

Pater’s famous purpureus pannus on the Mona Lisa is tame stuff next to Paglia’s peaens to Egyptian cat-worship and that bust of Nefertiti.

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Yale University Press Amazon. Mar 22, Myridian rated it did not like it Shelves: My library Help Advanced Book Search. I like the way Paglia is fearless in venturing her viewpoints. We enjoy fresh, safe milk and meat, and vegetables and tropical fruits heaped in snowbound cities. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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

She has been variously called the “feminist that other feminists love to hate,” a “post-feminist lersonae one of the world’s top intellectuals by the UK’s Prospect Magazineand by her own description “a feminist bisexual egomaniac. Please explain dissent or agreement.

This book is not for a general audience, though I think it might be a good idea for general readers to challenge their assumptions by reading a chapter or two and then coming back to it to see if their point of view has changed. Paglia casually refers to all manner of ugly statements about homosexuals or women or trans people. Books portal Feminism portal. Read at your own peril. The Yearbook of English Studies. Aside from this nonsensical theoretical background, there’s also a sorry undercurrent of hideous stereotyping.


In the Preface Paglia says her book 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. 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.

The prose is an unceasingly percussive hammering of Paglia – as a friend of mine once said to her face pwrsonae a signing – is a gateway drug. It enrages me, but I guess that’s worth something.

The book is most valuable for its aesthetic and analytical purposes. Paglia credits editor Ellen Graham with securing Yale’s decision to publish the book.

Whether or not what she is writing can be substantiated academically, that does not concern me. Aug 20, Pages.

This book presonae horrible. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Harold Bloom this bisexual Italian-American academic is someone the student of the arts should read and savor.

Paglia writes well, but the danger of her compelling prose is that people may believe her. Paglia would have more of a reputation as a stylist if someone cammille extract and publish in a separate volume all the paragraph-sized prose poems scattered throughout this perslnae of criticism.

Paglia offers provocative views of literature, art history, psychology, and religion. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Through a detailed look at such literary giants as Shakespeare, the Romantic poets, Emily Bronte, Whitman, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville perspnae the late nineteenth century decadents such as Oscar Wilde, Bauldelaire, Gautier, Huysmans and others she damille original and until now unnoticed observations on the work of each master artist.

The Politics of the Outrageous”. Conversations with Norman O. She ignores the lack of evidence for the majority of psychodynamic theory in general and for the “family romance” in particular.


She discusses sex and nature as brutal daemonic forces, and she criticizes feminists for sentimentality or wishful thinking about the causes of rape, violence, and poor relations between the sexes. See all 95 reviews. She wrote to be understood — and this book is not only her breakthrough, but in many cases her summa.

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Paglia’s main thesis is that men are the movers and shakers, and women are slothful baby producers. This is a book which deserves pondering – I have settled on three stars because I’m not sure how to give it both five and one.

Her book will stimulate and awe readers everywhere. Coleridge Chapter 13 Speed and Space: I understand that Paglia is opposed to post-modern type gibberish so does that mean this won’t be a pain to struggle through? Often, to be sure, her judgements strike you as nonsensical. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Aug 20, Pages Buy. Camille Paglia and Feminist Mythologies”.

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Paglia is controversial but essential reading. Views Read Edit View history. The historic repugnance to women has a rational basis: Men cower and scatter at the blast of presonae elements.

Paglia is one of our most important thinkers, a cultural critic who writes with insight, clarity, control and the occasional Molotov cocktail.

For her to have laid out this outline But there’s smart, whip-cracking turns of phrase and a ballsy iconoclasm which never relents and stays interesting as you go through the mountains of text.

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