Op-Ed Piece Written by Professor, Social Critic Camille Paglia Selected as 'One of the Most Significant in the Past 40 Years' by 'The New York Times'

Her 1990 article on Madonna is included in the feature celebrating the 40th anniversary of the paper's Op-Ed page

October 20, 2010

"Madonna – Finally, a Real Feminist,"  the 1990 New York Times op-ed piece written by University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies Camille Paglia, has been selected as one of the newspaper's most significant in the past 40 years. Also included in "Op-Ed at 40: Four Decades of Argument and Illustration" was a video interview with Paglia, who describes the Madonna piece as her "entrance into public controversy."

A frequent contributor and critic on art, literature, popular culture, feminism, politics and religion for publications around the world, Paglia's recent article, "Lady Gaga and the Death of Sex," was the cover story of the U.K.'s Sunday Times Magazine.

Other recent opinion pieces include "Revalorizing the Trades," her answer to this question posed by The Chronicle of Higher Education for the 10th-anniversary issue of The Chronicle Review: What will be the defining idea of the coming decade, and why?

Paglia is the author of numerous national best sellers, including Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (Yale University Press, 1990; Vintage Books, 1991); Sex, Art, and American Culture (Vintage Books, 1992); Vamps & Tramps: New Essays (Vintage Books, 1994); The Birds, a study of Alfred Hitchcock published in 1998 by the British Film Institute in its Film Classics Series; and Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-Three of the World's Best Poems (Pantheon Books, 2005; Vintage Books, 2006).

She is a columnist at Salon.com, as well as a co-founding contributor, beginning with its debut issue in 1995. She is also a contributing editor at Interview magazine and a member of the editorial board at Arion, a scholarly journal of classics and the humanities.

Palgia, who has taught at the University of the Arts since 1984, received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1968 and her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in 1971 and 1974 respectively.

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