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Supplemental Essay: "Gender Personas" in
Chapter 4 of Sexual Personae


List of "Gender Personas" Appearing in Chapter 4

See my main essay on Camille Paglia's Sexual Personae for an explanation of the presentation of the following material. Page numbers reflect the paperback edition of Sexual Personae.[1]

Male

  • ExDion: Euripides the playwright [note 3] (p. 109); Hellenistic Beautiful boy [note 4] (p. 123); Virgil's Aeneid (p. 130); Roman Empire [note 2] (p. 130-1); Great Mother worship (rites of Cybele) in Rome (p. 137)

  • Dion: Hellenistic Greece [note 1] (p. 99, 125); Euripides' Bacchae [note 3] (p. 99 & 103-4); Laocoon (p. 99)

  • Andr: High classic Beautiful boy/kouros [note 4] (p. 109-123)

  • Apol: Early and high classic Greece [note 1] (p. 99); Aeschylus' Oresteia (p. 99); Archaic kouros [note 4] (p. 123); Roman Republic [note 2] (p. 125-7); Christianity in Rome (p. 138)

  • ExApol: (none)

 

Female

  • ExDion: (none)

  • Dion: (none)

  • Andr: (none)

  • Apol: (none)

  • ExApol: Euripides' Medea [note 3] (p. 108-9)

Notes

[1] Greece timeline

1) Archaic Greece (1000-500 BCE) 

2) Early and high classic Greece (480-400 BCE) = High Apollonian (p. 99) 

3) Hellenistic Greece (323-30 BCE) = Late phase/Dionysian (p. 99)

 

[2] Rome timeline

1) Roman Kingdom (753-509 BCE) 

2) Roman Republic (509-27 BCE) = High Apollonian (p. 125-7) 

3) Roman Empire (27 BCE-476 CE) = Late phase/Decadent (p. 130-1)

[3] Paglia says that the playwright Euripides himself was "the first decadent artist" (p. 109), but his plays end up in different categories:  Bacchae was Dionysian, Medea was Vampiric. The reason: Paglia says elsewhere [Chapter 8] that true decadent artists tend to be sadomasochistic voyeurs, rapt observers and worshipers of the Great Mother, and that they populate their art with vampires and Great Mother figures to provide the sadism.

 

[4] In her discussion of the Beautiful Boy/kouros, Paglia discusses the evolution of the Beautiful Boy across the three periods of Greek history. Thus:

1) Archaic Greece (1000-500 BCE) = Archaic kouros = Apollonian (see Glittering Images, p. 17-18)

2) Early and high classic Greece (480-400 BCE) = High classic Beautiful boy/kouros  = Androgyne

3) Hellenistic Greece (323-30 BCE) = Hellenistic Beautiful boy = Decadent

For more discussion on the subject of the Beautiful Boy/kouros, see the supplemental essay on Androgyny.

Link: Return to Notes on Sexual Personae

~Posted May 22, 2024

References

[1] Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae, Art and Decadence From Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (First Vintage Books Edition, 1991).

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