Professor's Essay Featured in David Bowie Book

University Professor of Humanities & Media Studies Camille Paglia writes about gender and decadence in 'David Bowie Is,' set for release in April

February 7, 2013

An essay on gender and decadence by Camille Paglia, University Professor of Humanities & Media Studies, is included in the forthcoming book about music icon David Bowie. David Bowie Is (V&A Publishing/Distributed by Abrams), set for release in April, coincides with a major exhibit of the same name opening March 23 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

A spectacular photographic tribute to Bowie’s creative legacy, the book is packed with performance and personal photographs, and images of costumes, album covers, original lyric sheets, art work and other artifacts from his personal archive. Contributions by Paglia, the museum exhibition curators and other experts present a thought-provoking new perspective on various facets of Bowie’s career.

Paglia is the author of numerous best sellers, including the recently released Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars; The Birds, a study of Hitchcock; Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson; and Sex, Art, and American Culture.

A frequent contributor and critic on art, literature, popular culture, feminism, politics and religion for publications around the world, Paglia's varied opinion pieces include the Sunday Times Magazine cover story, "Lady Gaga and the Death of Sex," and her 1990 New York Times op-ed piece, "Madonna – Finally, a Real Feminist," which was selected as one of the newspaper's most significant in the past 40 years.

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