Sexual Personae Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson

ISBN-10: 0679735798

ISBN-13: 9780679735793

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Authors: Camille Paglia
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Description: 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. 47 photographs.

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List price: $21.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/20/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

Todd Oldham is one of the most beloved and mediagenic designers working today. Originally a couture fashion designer with several stores in New York, and a commentator on MTV's House of Style, Todd's career has evolved to include all areas of design, from film and photography to furniture and graphic art. Todd appears frequently as a consultant on NBC's Today, as well as on MTV's enormously popular Crib Crashers, for which Todd redesigns teenagers' homes in the likeness of their favorite stars' abode. Oldham designs his own line of dorm room furnishings for Target in addition to a line of furniture for La-Z-Boy, and he is currently developing a television series based on Handmade Modern. Most recently, he has become a contributing editor to ReadyMade magazine. He lives in New York City.Camille Paglia is University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the author of "Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson"; "Sex, Art, and American Culture"; and "Vamps & Tramps: New Essays," She has also written "The Birds," a study of Alfred Hitchcock. She lives in Philadelphia."From the Hardcover edition."

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Sex and Violence, or Nature and Art
The Birth of the Western Eye
Apollo and Dionysus
Pagan Beauty
Renaissance Form: Italian Art
Spenser and Apollo: The Faerie Queene
Shakespeare and Dionysus: As You Like It and Antony and Cleopatra
Return of the Great Mother: Rousseau vs. Sade
Amazons, Mothers, Ghosts: Goethe to Gothic
Sex Bound and Unbound: Blake
Marriage to Mother Nature: Wordsworth
The Daemon as Lesbian Vampire: Coleridge
Speed and Space: Byron
Light and Heat: Shelley and Keats
Cults of Sex and Beauty: Balzac
Cults of Sex and Beauty: Gautier, Baudelaire, and Huysmans
Romantic Shadows: Emily Bronte
Romantic Shadows: Swinburne and Pater
Apollo Daemonized: Decadent Art
The Beautiful Boy as Destroyer: Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray
The English Epicene: Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest
American Decadents: Poe, Hawthorne, Melville
American Decadents: Emerson, Whitman, James
Amberst's Madame de Sade: Emily Dickinson
Notes
Index
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