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Sexual Personae
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments

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 19 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

About the Author

Camille Paglia is the University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. A regular contributor to Salon.com, she is the author of Glittering Images; Break, Blow, Burn; Sexual Personae; Sex, Art, and American Culture; and Vamps & Tramps.

Reviews

"A remarkable book, at once outrageous and compelling, fanatical and brilliant. . . . One must be awed by [Paglia's] vast energy, erudition and wit." -The Washington Post

"Sexual Personae [is] an enormous sensation of a book, in all the better senses of 'sensation.' There is no book comparable in scope, stance, design or insight." -Harold Bloom

"The ability to infuriate both antagonists in an ideological struggle is often a sign of a first-rate book. . . . [Paglia] is a conspicuously gifted writer . . . and an admirably close reader with a hard core of common sense." -The New York Times Book Review

"Paglia marshals a vast array of . . . cultural materials with an authorial voice derived from sixties acid-rock lead guitar. . . . Close to poetry." -Greil Marcus, author of Lipstick Traces

"This book is a red comet in a smog-filled sky. . . . Brilliant." -The Nation

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