Camille Paglia

(1947 / Endicott, New York)

Camille Paglia
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Camille Anna Paglia (born April 2, 1947) is an American author, teacher, and social critic. Paglia, a self-described dissident feminist, has been a professor at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 1984. She wrote Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990), a best-selling work of literary criticism, among other books and essays. She also wrote an analysis of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, and Break, Blow, Burn on poetry. She writes articles on art, popular culture, feminism, and politics. Paglia has celebrated Madonna and taken radical libertarian positions on controversial social issues such as abortion, homosexuality and drug use. ... more »

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  • ''I'm for a high libido president! I applaud him if he gets up and picks up women.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. educator, author. Vamps and Tramps, p. 189, Vintage (1994).
  • ''Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. book review, repr. In Sex, Art, and American Culture (1992). "Alice in Muscle Land," Boston G...
  • ''The prostitute is not, as feminists claim, the victim of men but rather their conqueror, an outlaw who controls the sexual channel between nature and culture.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. repr. In Sex, Art, and American Culture (1992). "Elizabeth Taylor: Hollywood's Pagan Queen," ...
  • ''Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of human life.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Harper's (New York, March 1991).
  • ''Jesus was a brilliant Jewish stand-up comedian, a phenomenal improvisor. His parables are great one-liners.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Harper's (New York, March 1991).
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  • Buddy Bee Anthony Buddy Bee Anthony (7/26/2012 1:34:00 AM)

    You brought me back to reading female writers. Thanks Professor Paglia...
    Buddy Bee Anthony
    Poet/Songsmith

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