Camille Paglia

(1947 / Endicott, New York)

Biography of Camille Paglia

Camille Paglia poet

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. She is known as a critic of American feminism, and is also strongly critical of the influence of French writers such as Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, and Michel Foucault.

Camille Paglia's Works:

Sexual Personae: The Androgyne in Literature and Art (Dissertation: 1974)
Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990)
Sex, Art and American Culture: Essays (1992)
Vamps and Tramps: New Essays (1994)
Madonna Megastar: Photographs, 1988–93 (1994)
The Birds (BFI Film Classics) (1998)
Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-three of the World's Best Poems (2005)
Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars (2012)

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