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Sexual personae. Art and decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson

Author: Camille Paglia
Publisher: London ; New Haven : Yale University Press, [1990] ©1990
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Camille Paglia
ISBN: 0300043961 9780300043969
OCLC Number: 19554509
Description: xiv, 718 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Sex and violence, or nature and art --
The birth of the Western eye --
Apollo and Dionysus --
Pagan beauty --
Renaissance form: Italian art --
Spenser and Apollo: The Faerie Queene --
Shakespeare and Dionysus: As you like it and Antony and Cleopatra --
Return of the Great Mother: Rousseau v. Sade --
Amazons, mothers, ghosts: Goethe to gothic --
Sex bound and unbound: Blake --
Marriage to Mother Nature: Wordsworth --
The daemon as lesbian vampire: Coleridge --
Speed and space: Byron --
Light and heat: Shelley and Keats --
Cults of sex and beauty: Balzac --
Cults of sex and beauty: Gautier, Baudelaire, and Huysmans --
Romantic shadows: Emily Brontë --
Romantic Shadows: Swinburne and Pater --
Apollo daemonized: decadent art --
The beautiful boy as destroyer: Wilde's The picture of Dorian Gray --
The English epicene: Wilde's The importance of being earnest --
American decadents: Poe, Hawthorne, Melville --
American decadents: Emerson, Whitman, James --
Amherst's Madame de Sade: Emily Dickinson.
Responsibility: Camille Paglia.

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