Sexual Personae: Art & Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson

Sexual Personae

Art & Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson

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ISBN10: 0679735798 ISBN13: 9780679735793 Publisher: Vintage Books Published: Sep 1 1991 Pages: 718 Weight: 1.50lbs. Height: 8.00" Width: 5.25" Depth: 1.50" Language: English

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Here is the fiery, provocative, and unparalleled work of feminist art criticism that launched Camille Paglia's exceptional career as one of our most important public intellectuals. Is Emily Dickinson "the female Sade"? Is Donatello's David a bit of pedophile pornography? What is the secret kinship between Byron and Elvis Presley, between Medusa and Madonna? How do liberals and feminists--as well as conservatives--fatally misread human nature? 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.

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