This study of sexuality and decadence in culture crosses the boundaries of literature, art, psychology and religion, from antiquity to Wilde and Emily Dickinson via Renaissance art, Rousseau and Sade. The author discusses themes such as voyeurism and pornography as having been ignored in great art by most critics. The book challenges established thinking and ranges from the worshippers of Dionysus to the 19th-century Decadents from Botticelli and Byron to Balzac and the Beach Boys.
List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgements 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 Queene 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 1 9 Apollo Daemonized: Decadent Art Chapter 20 The Beautiful Boy as Destroyer: Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray 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 Notes Index.
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