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Sex, Art, and American Culture

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A collection of twenty of Paglia's out-spoken essays on contemporary issues in America's ongoing cultural debate such as Anita Hill, Robert Mapplethorpe, the beauty myth, and the decline of education in America.
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A collection of twenty of Paglia's out-spoken essays on contemporary issues in America's ongoing cultural debate such as Anita Hill, Robert Mapplethorpe, the beauty myth, and the decline of education in America.
Product Details
Paperback (352 pages)
Published: September 8, 1992
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Vintage
ISBN: 9780679741015
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