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Sexual personae : art and decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson

Author: Camille Paglia
Publisher: Harmondsworth, Middlesex : Penguin Books, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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.

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Camille Paglia
ISBN: 014015731X 9780140157314 9780679735793 0679735798
OCLC Number: 220990101
Description: xiv, 718 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgements Chapter 1 Sex and Violence, or Nature and Art Chapter 2 The Birth of the Western Eye Chapter 3 Apollo and Dionysus Chapter 4 Pagan Beauty Chapter 5 Renaissance Form: Italian Art Chapter 6 Spenser and Apollo: The Faerie Queene Chapter 7 Shakespeare and Dionysus: As You Like It and Antony and Cleopatra Chapter 8 Return of the Great Mother: Rousseau vs. Sade Chapter 9 Amazons, Mothers, Ghosts: Goethe to Gothic Chapter 10 Sex Bound and Unbound: Blake Chapter 11 Marriage to Mother Nature: Wordsworth Chapter 12 The Daemon as Lesbian Vampire: Coleridge Chapter 13 Speed and Space: Byron Chapter 14 Light and Heat: Shelley and Keats Chapter 15 Cults of Sex and Beauty: Balzac Chapter 16 Cults of Sex and Beauty: Gautier, Baudelaire, and Huysmans Chapter 17 Romantic Shadows: Emily Bronte Chapter 18 Romantic Shadows: Swinburne and Pater Chapter 1 9 Apollo Daemonized: Decadent Art Chapter 20 The Beautiful Boy as Destroyer: Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray Chapter 21 The English Epicene: Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest Chapter 22 American Decadents: Poe, Hawthorne, Melville Chapter 23 American Decadents: Emerson, Whitman, James Chapter 24 Amherst's Madame de Sade: Emily Dickinson Notes Index.
Responsibility: Camille Paglia.


This study of sexuality and decadence in culture crosses the boundaries of literature, art, psychology and religion, from antiquity to Wilde and Emily Dickinson via Renaissance art, Rousseau and  Read more...


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