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READ & DOWNLOAD Sexual Personae Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson 107 ã From ancient Egypt through the nineteenth century Sexual Personae explores the provocative connections between art and pagan ritual; between Emily Dickinson and the Maruis de Sade; between Lord Byron and Elvis PreslN art and pagan ritual; between Emily Dickinson and the Maruis de Sade; between Lord Byron and Elvis Presley. I will usually read the books I'm given and this one was from a coworker at Loyola University Chicago I doubt if she a believing Catholic read it herself She likely would have been even offended than I wasWith the exception of overt practiced racism and sexism I believe I'm hard to offend but Paglia's two faced book did it On the one hand she tries to be sexy treating the literary canon as resting on a seething bed of academically neglected eroticism On the other hand she writes about this eroticism with a prurient tone as if it were loathsome I got the impression of a very neurotic author divided within herself Given the book's success I felt little pity for the author She's doing fine The culture which would make such a work a best seller however would appear to be in deep trouble The offense reaction of course suggests that I share the cultural diseaseFor what it's worth if the book hadn't been successful if it had been the work of some closeted intellectual I would have been prone to notice its virtues HP Lovecraft for instance was a neurotic racist but I've defended his horror fiction Interesting that Paglia associates in my mind with neurotic horror fiction

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From ancient Egypt through the nineteenth century Sexual Personae explores the provocative connections betwee. 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 provocateuse and seizes every opportunity to suggest that potential allies might instead like to go fuck themselves Paglia comes at you from so far out of left field that she's actually wandered off the field altogether and is now yelling at you from way off in the car park somewhere gesticulating with a rabid look in her eye like someone trying to shift copies of The Watchtower outside a Tube stationThose who can't see past her gender politics – this is a populous group as you'll see from other reviews – are missing out on a lot of remarkable readings here which can be genuinely radical in a way that ‘orthodox’ gender theory so often isn't But seeing that far does reuire some heavy suinting abandon metaphor for anyone who finds gender essentialism deeply irritating as I tend to ‘Let us abandon the pretense of sexual sameness and admit the terrible duality of gender’ she coaxes Given her own lifestyle she seems a unlikely cheerleader for the concept But for Paglia this gender duality is mythic archetypal men stand for rationality and society while women are in league with the dangerous natural world that ‘fetid organic life that Wordsworth taught us to call pretty’ She follows this logic to some eyebrow raising conclusionsThe historic repugnance to women has a rational basis disgust is reason's proper response to the grossness of procreative natureFor the first couple of hundred pages I went back and forth on whether I thought that she really believed this stuff Sometimes she seems to be talking about the psychological concepts of MAN and WOMAN but at other times she seems to mean plain old real life men and women As a man one reads passages like the following not so much in appreciation as in shock so rarely is this kind of thing now met withWe could make an epic catalog of male achievements from paved roads indoor plumbing and washing machines to eyeglasses antibiotics and disposable diapers We enjoy fresh safe milk and meat and vegetables and tropical fruits heaped in snowbound cities When I cross the George Washington Bridge or any of America’s great bridges I think men have done this Construction is a sublime male poetry When I see a giant crane passing on a flatbed truck I pause in awe and reverence as one would for a church procession What power of conception what grandiosity these cranes tie us to ancient Egypt where monumental architecture was first imagined and achieved If civilization had been left in female hands we would still be living in grass hutsThis goes both ways – whence her famous pronouncement also from Sexual Personae that ‘There is no female Mozart because the

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Sexual Personae Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily DickinsonIt ultimately challenges the cultural assumptions of both conservatives and traditional liberals 47 photograp. This book is one of my all time favorites and my favorite of Paglia's I prefer Paglia the academic as opposed to the media whore ie as she has expressed herself in her column for Saloncom as I am at least 50% in disagreement with her political geopolitical and often right leaning Libertarian point of view In Sexual Personae she presents herself in full on scholarly mode in a way that she has not unfortunately repeated since this work was published I have read this book at least twice; it is rare for me as a reader to return to any text I've read previously The essence of the work can be summarized via the blurb that appears on the back cover of the paperback edition of Sexual Personae makes a persuasive case for all art as a pagan battleground between male and female form and chaos civilization and daemonic nature daemonic being a term that appears freuently in this book Also memorable are Paglia's theory of the artist's metaphysical sex change via his her work of art a là Coleridge's lesbian vampire daemon and the chapter covering Edmund Spenser's The Fairie ueene a product of the English Renaissance that I had been unaware of until my discovery of Sexual Personae and which I have still not read Sexual Personae also aided me in refining my understanding of the terms Apollonian and Dionysian in a way that no other writer has besides NietzscheMost importantly it's Paglia's actual writing that draws me in Whether or not what she is writing can be substantiated academically that does not concern me I inherently believe that Paglia knows what she's talking about Thus I will close with this uote from page 55 of Chapter 2 The Birth of the Western Eye concerning the statuette Venus of Willendorf circa 30000 BCVenus of Willendorf carries her cave with her She is blind masked Her ropes of corn row hair look forward to the invention of agriculture She has a furrowed brow Her facelessness is the impersonality of primitive sex and religion There is no psychology or identity yet because there is no society no cohesion Men cower and scatter at the blast of the elements Venus of Willendorf is eyeless because nature can be seen but not known She is remote even as she kills and creates The statuette so overflowing and protuberant is ritually invisible She stifles the eye She is the cloud of archaic night