Centre for Studies in Literature

CSL Inaugural Lecture

CSL Inaugural Lecture 2010: "Decadent Fantasia: Modern Images of Closed Space and Open Sex", Camille Paglia

On 22 October 2010, Professor Paglia gave a public lecture to inaugurate the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for Studies in Literature, and to mark the twentieth anniversary of her seminal monograph Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson.

Listen to the audio here.

  1. Michelangelo, “Night”, Medici Chapel
  2. Fragonard, “The Meeting” (from “The Progress of Love”)
  3. William Blake, “Newton”
  4. Fuseli, “The Nightmare” (Detroit Institute of Art)
  5. Ingres, “Grand Odalisque”
  6. Rossetti, “Persephone”
  7. Rossetti, “Monna Vanna”
  8. Thomas Couture, “The Romans of the Decadence”
  9. Alma-Tadema, “The Roses of Heliogabalus”
  10. Burne-Jones, “The Beguiling of Merlin”
  11. Giorgione/Titian, “Fête Champêtre” 
  12. Manet, “Déjeuner sur l’Herbe”
  13. Titian, “Venus of Urbino”
  14. Manet, “Olympia”
  15. Alphonse Mucha, “Medea”
  16. Aubrey Beardsley, “The Dancer’s Reward” (from “Salome”)
  17. Gustav Klimt, “Judith I” (1901) 
  18. Christian Schad, “Count St. Genois d’Anneaucourt”2
  19. Christian Schad, “Maika”
  20. Tamara de Lempicka, “Portrait of Madame Alan Bott”
  21. Romaine Brooks, “Una, Lady Troubridge” 
  22. Romaine Brooks, “Self-Portrait” (1923) 
  23. Theda Bara as Cleopatra
  24. Edward Steichen, Portrait of Marlene Dietrich (1932)
  25. Marlene Dietrich, “The Blue Angel” (film still)
  26. Liza Minnelli, poster, “Cabaret” 
  27. Madonna, video, “Open Your Heart” (1986), image 1
  28. Madonna, video, image 2
  29. Madonna, video, image 3
  30. “Sunset Boulevard” (film still)
  31. “La Dolce Vita” (film still)
  32. “Last Year at Marienbad” (film still)
  33. “The Servant” (film still)
  34. Andy Warhol and superstars at the Factory
  35. Jackie Curtis, Warhol superstar
  36. David Bowie, album cover, “Aladdin Sane” (1973)
  37. Robert Mapplethorpe, “Self-Portrait” (1978, with bull-whip)
  38. Robert Mapplethorpe, “Polyester Suit”
  39. Robert Mapplethorpe, “Brian Ridley and Lyle Heeter”3
  40. Helmut Newton, Vogue, France (1981—models posing as nude streetwalker and lesbian pimp in dark street)
  41. Helmut Newton, “Saddle”, Paris(1976)
  42. Helmut Newton, Vogue, France (1981—model with open coat “flashing” another on a beach)
  43. Helmut Newton, “Mannequin and Model” (1975—model astride a mannequin) 
  44. Helmut Newton, Raquel Welch, Beverly Hills, 1981 
  45. Helmut Newton, Nastassja Kinski, 1985 (nursing Marlene Dietrich doll) 
  46. Helmut Newton, Madonna on a bar, Los Angeles(1990)
  47. Helmut Newton, “Shoe”, Monte Carlo (1985)