CAMILLE PAGLIA SEXUAL PERSONAE PDF

Start your review of Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson Write a review Shelves: art-design , criticism , sociology , gender-stuff , ebooks , cultural-history Few books have roused in me the same mixture of confusion and stimulation as this bizarre doorstop of passionate, un-PC artistic engagement. Paglia, as an iconoclastic feminist who hates feminism, might have been co-opted by the right in the way that, say, Christina Hoff Sommers was co-opted; but this fate was precluded by her conservative-repellant persona of pro-drug, porn-mad lesbianism. So, unclaimed and unwanted by any special interest groups, she relishes her position as a universal Few books have roused in me the same mixture of confusion and stimulation as this bizarre doorstop of passionate, un-PC artistic engagement. So, unclaimed and unwanted by any special interest groups, she relishes her position as a universal provocateuse, and seizes every opportunity to suggest that potential allies might instead like to go fuck themselves.

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Sexual Personae began to take shape in essays Paglia wrote in college between and The work was finished in , but was rejected by seven major New York publishers before being released by Yale University Press in Paglia also acknowledges astrology as an influence.

The entire process of the book was to discover the repressed elements of contemporary culture, whatever they are, and palpate them. One of the main premises was to demonstrate that pornography is everywhere in major art. Art history as written is completely sex free, repressive and puritanical. I want precision and historical knowledge, but at the same time, I try to zap it with pornographic intensity.

Accepting the canonical western tradition, she "rejects the modernist idea that culture has collapsed into meaningless fragments. She examines antiquity , the Renaissance , and Romanticism from the late eighteenth century to , contending that "Romanticism turns almost immediately into Decadence.

She associates Apollo with order, structure, and symmetry, and Dionysus with chaos, disorder, and nature. She analyzes literature and art from the premise that the primary conflict in Western culture has always been between these forces.

In her view, the major patterns of continuity in western culture find their origin in paganism. Paglia criticizes feminists for sentimentality or wishful thinking about the causes of rape , violence, and poor relations between the sexes. It was published by Vintage Books in Robin Ann Sheets wrote that Paglia "takes a profoundly anti-feminist stance. It is very learned. Each sentence jabs like a needle. It compels us to rethink the question of the literary representation of human sexuality.

I have no higher praise. Brown stated that he had read, and liked, Sexual Personae. Her percussive style — one short declarative sentence after another — eventually wearies the reader; her diction functions not so much to elicit the secrets of books as to hammer them into submission The weary reader longs for the mercy of a qualification, a doubt, a hesitation; there is little sense, in her uncompanionable prose, of exploration occurring before our eyes, of tentative motions of thought reflected in a complex syntax.

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All four of her grandparents were born in Italy. Her mother emigrated to the United States at five years old from Ceccano , in the province of Frosinone , Lazio , Italy. Whatever statements were being made in class , she had to challenge them. She made good points then, as she does now. Excess and extravagance and explosiveness.

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Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson

Sexual Personae began to take shape in essays Paglia wrote in college between and The work was finished in , but was rejected by seven major New York publishers before being released by Yale University Press in Paglia also acknowledges astrology as an influence. The entire process of the book was to discover the repressed elements of contemporary culture, whatever they are, and palpate them.

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