Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson.
Following Nietzsche, Paglia finds that the primary conflict in Western culture is between the Dionysian and the Apollonian, or between chaos, nature, earth, and disorder on the one hand, and symmetry, sky, and order on the other hand. She stridently and confidently argues that paganism never went away, and is still with is in our literary and visual arts. Attacked for, among other things, anti-feminist justifications for abuse and rape, praised for its overarching application of a single view through which all of Western art is viewed. First published by Yale University Press in 1990. Vintage. 1991. Paper. USED. $3.00