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I believe the original poster may have been referring to another Camille Paglia book, perhaps her newest Vamps and Tramps, as there is no essay titled “No Law in the Arena” in Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson.

Sexual Personae is broken down as follows:

Note: Chapter Critiques to follow soon.

Chapter 1: Sex and Violence, or Nature and Art

Chapter 2: The Birth of the Western Eye

Chapter 3: Apollo and Dionysus.

Chapter 4: Pagan Beauty.

Chapter 5: Renaissance Form: Italian Art.

Chapter 6: Spenser and Apollo: The Faerie Queen

Chapter 7: Shakespeare and Dionysus: As You Like It and Antony and Cleopatra

Chapter 8: Return of the Great Mother: Rousseau vs. Sade

Chapter 9: Amazons, Mothers, Ghosts: Goethe to Gothic

Chapter 10: Sex Bound and Unbound: Blake

Chapter 11: Marriage to Mother Nature: Wordsworth

Chapter 12: The Daemon as Lesbian Vampire: Coleridge

Chapter 13: Speed and Space: Byron

Chapter 14: Light and Heat: Shelley and Keats

Chapter 15: Cults of Sex and Beauty: Balzac

Chapter 16: Cults of Sex and Beauty: Gautier, Baudelaire, and Huysmans

Chapter 17: Romantic Shadows: Emily Bronte

Chapter 18: Romantic Shadows: Swinburne and Pater

Chapter 19: Apollo Daemonized: Decadent Art

Chapter 20: The Beautiful Boy as Destroyed: Wilde The Picture of Dorian Grey

Chapter 21: The English Epicene: Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Chapter 22: American Decadents: Poe, Hawthorne, Melville

Chapter 23: American Decadents: Emerson, Whitman, James

Chapter 24: Amherst’s Madame de Sade: Emily Dickinson

From the back cover:

“Is Emily Dickinson “the female Sade”? Is David by Donatello a bit of pedophile pornography? What is the secret kinship between Byron and Elvis Presley, between the Medusa and Madonna? How do liberals and feminists – as well as conservatives – fatally misread human nature? This audacious and omnivorously learned work of guerilla scholarship offers nothing less than a unified-field theory of Western culture, high and low, since the Egyptians invented beauty – making a persuasive case for all art as a pagan battleground between male and female, form and chaos, civilization and daemonic nature.”

According to the Critics:

“Paglia's "Sexual Personae" is a massive work of Olympian learning; the most important book of the last 3 decades and certainly one of the greatest literary tomes of the century. This book in itself is utterly more valuable than a complete undergraduate education at one of our most prestigious universities.”

Noted literary critic Harold Bloom has called the book “…an enormous sensation of a book in all the better senses of ‘sensation’. There is no book comparable in scope, stance, design or insight.”

And perhaps that is the books major fault. Though the book is incredibly researched and detailed, the scope and stance of this book will leave many casual readers gasping for air. Further, Paglia’s Sexual Personae will challenge many widely-held beliefs and lambaste Republicans, Democrats, and Feminists alike. If you belong in any of those categories, check your ego at the door.

An incredibly bold book by a gutsy woman.

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