Illness As Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

ISBN-10: 0385267053
ISBN-13: 9780385267052
Edition: N/A
Authors: Susan Sontag
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Description: Brimming with humane and original ideas about a  disease and the modern condition, this classic  essay and its sequel -- written 10 years later -- are  compassionate exhortations and a liberating event.  "Taken together, the two essays are an  More...

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List price: $12.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/1/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Brimming with humane and original ideas about a  disease and the modern condition, this classic  essay and its sequel -- written 10 years later -- are  compassionate exhortations and a liberating event.  "Taken together, the two essays are an exemplary  demonstration of the power of the intellect in the  face of the lethal metaphors of fear." --  The Nation

Susan Sontag, an influential cultural critic with a Harvard master's degree in philosophy, is noted for taking radical positions and venturing outrageous interpretations. Proclaiming a "new sensibility," she supported the cause of pop art and underground films in the 1960s. Her reputation as a formidable critic has been established by numerous reviews, essays, and articles in the New York Review of Books, the N.Y. Times, Harper's, and other periodicals. Against Interpretation (1966) includes her controversial essay "Notes on Camp," first published in Partisan Review. The title of the book introduces her argument against what she sees as the distortion of an original work by the countless critics who bend it to their own interpretations. "The aim of all commentary on art," she writes, "should be to make works of art---and, by analogy, our own experience---more, rather than less, real to us." Sontag has a mature modernist sensibility, but manages to depict the avant-garde in language accessible to any reader. She has lectured extensively around the United States and has taught philosophy at Harvard, Sarah Lawrence, and Columbia. She is a frequent and popular television discussion personality, particularly on contemporary issues of illness or feminism, although many feminists are unhappy that she does not declare herself to be a "feminist critic." She is also, less successfully, a fiction writer.

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