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SEASON'S READINGS

Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays, by Camille Paglia. New York: Vintage Books, 1992.

So far we have seen two acts of the razzle-dazzle Camille Paglia show. The first act—the exposition, as it were—was Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, a tumescent tome that ranges swaggeringly over the whole of the Western cultural patrimony, resembling in its ambitions such old-fashioned surveys as Erich Auerbach’s Mimesis and E. R. Curtius’ European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages, but hyped-up and amphetamized for the MTV generation. Dirty, too—Paglia’s willful lubriciousness at times gives the impression (no doubt one that she welcomes) that she has one eye on the Loeb Classics, the other on Stroke. A work of solitary lucubration, Sexual Personae was incubated on the barest fringes of an academic community that Paglia frankly reviles.

Her second act

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