Vamps and Tramps: New Essays

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The bestselling author of Sexual Personae and Sex, Art, and American Culture is back with a fiery new collection of essays on everything from art and celebrity to gay activism, Lorena Bobbitt to Bill and Hillary. These essays have never appeared in book form, and many will be appearing in print for the first time.

The bestselling author of Sexual Personae and Sex, Art, and American Culture is back with a fiery new collection of essays on everything from art and ...

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Overview

The bestselling author of Sexual Personae and Sex, Art, and American Culture is back with a fiery new collection of essays on everything from art and celebrity to gay activism, Lorena Bobbitt to Bill and Hillary. These essays have never appeared in book form, and many will be appearing in print for the first time.

The bestselling author of Sexual Personae and Sex, Art, and American Culture is back with a fiery new collection of essays on everything from art and celebrity to gay activism, Lorena Bobbitt to Bill and Hillary. These essays have never appeared in book form, and many will be appearing in print for the first time.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Either you like the polysexual, pagan Paglia, or you don't-and this collection by the author of Sexual Personae isn't going to change that. Perfectly aware of her image, Paglia early on compares herself to Ross Perot, Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern, in her ``raging egomania and volatile comic personae tending toward the loopy.'' On this outing, Paglia revisits the same fire hydrants, sniffs the competition and then marks them once more as her own. Pornography continues to be great; Lacanians, bad; Freud, underrated; feminists, undersexed. Although her main essay ``No Law in the Arena,'' is not as solid as ``Junk Bonds and Corporate Raiders,'' the analysis of academe that anchored Sex, Art, and American Culture, many of her essays expand on her gritty common-sense understanding of the nasty realities of sex. Particularly good are ``Rebel Love: Homosexuality''; ``Lolita Unclothed'' and ``Woody Allen Agonistes.'' Paglia is at her bilious ad feminem best skewering one-time idol Susan Sontag in ``Sontag, Bloody Sontag,'' or Catharine MacKinnon (``the dull instincts and tastes of a bureaucrat'') and Andrea Dworkin (``The Girl with the Eternal Cold'') in ``The Return of Carry Nation.'' As usual, there's much about tabloid icons-Amy Fisher, Lorena Bobbit, Jackie O-but Paglia herself has become just such an icon, appearing in movies and TV specials whose transcripts she rather tediously includes. Still, when Paglia is good, she is palatable; when Paglia is bad, she's terrific. Author tour. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Only five "new essays" appear in this second collection from Paglia (Sex, Art, and American Culture, LJ 10/1/92), a hodgepodge of book reviews, television and film scripts, previously published articles, excerpted transcripts to television talk shows and interviews, and other bits and pieces, accompanied by an inventory of press mentions and cartoons offered to document her celebrity. Paglia's overheated expostulations against censorship, "Stalinist feminists," and other bugbears of political correctness are interspersed with fierce arguments in favor of sexual license. Commenting on pop culture, she expounds her libertarian view, rejecting state regulation of abortion, prostitution, sodomy, drug use, and pornography, disdaining state "social-welfare meddling in public education" and "rigid antimale feminist ideology." For Paglia fans.-Cynthia Harrison, Federal Judicial Ctr., Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679751205
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 1,404,133
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Penis Unsheathed 3
No Law in the Arena: a Pagan Theory of Sexuality 19
1 Introduction: The Horses of Passion 19
2 Sex Crime: Rape 24
3 Sex War: Abortion, Battering, Sexual Harassment 38
4 Sex Power: Prostitution, Stripping, Pornography 56
5 Rebel Love: Homosexuality 67
6 Conclusion: Citizens of the Empire 92
The Nursery-School Campus: The Corrupting of the Humanities in the U.S. 97
Gay Stalinism 103
The Return of Carry Nation: Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin 107
The New Sexism: Liberating Art and Beauty 113
An Open Letter to the Students of Harvard 117
On Censorship 122
Woody Allen Agonistes 129
Our Tabloid Princess: Amy Fisher 133
The Female Lenny Bruce: Sandra Bernhard 137
Brooklyn Nefertiti: Barbara Streisand 141
Lolita Unclothed 146
Diana Regina 163
Television and the Clintons 172
Kind of a Bitch: Why I Like Hillary Clinton 176
Hillary in the Spotlight 181
Laying the Ghost of Anita Hill: Bill Clinton and Paula Jones 188
Mona Lisa in Motion: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 191
The Saint 197
My Brothers in Crime: Benderson, Jarratt, Feld, Fessenden 201
Dr. Paglia: Part 1 of Female Misbehavior, A Four-Part Documentary by Monika Treut 234
Sex War: A Short Film by Luca Babini 250
Glennda and Camille Do Downtown 277
Gypsy Tigress: Carmen 307
Alice as Epic Hero 312
Love Poetry 317
Tournament of Modern Personae: D. H. Lawrence's Women in Love 328
Breviary of the Nude: Kenneth Clark's The Nude 339
The Artistic Dynamics of "Revival" 341
Sontag, Bloody Sontag 344
The Star as Sacred Monster: David Shipman's Judy Garland: The Secret Life of an American Legend 363
Madonna in the Shallows: Madonna's Sex 367
Madonna as Gauguin: Mark Bego's Madonna: Blonde Ambition 370
Tyranny of the Technocrats: John Ralston Saul's Voltaire's Bastards 375
A Woman of the Century: Germaine Greer's The Change 379
Scholar, Aesthete, Activist: Edward Said's Culture and Imperialism 382
The Corpse of Fashion: Fred Davis's Fashion, Culture, and Identity 387
Cry of the Invisible Men: Warren Farrell's The Myth of Male Power 391
Ask Camille Paglia: Advice for the Lovelorn, Among Others 397
Feminist Fatale 410
Bobbitt Versus Bobbitt 419
Diary: Sex, Art, and Selling 421
Extracts 425
App. Cartoon Personae 439
App. A Media Chronicle 457
Index 519
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