Illness As Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

ISBN-10: 0394728440
ISBN-13: 9780394728445
Edition: N/A
Authors: Susan Sontag
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Description: In 1978, while recovering from cancer, Susan Sontag wrote Illness as Metaphor. It has become a classic that Newsweek called "one of the most liberating books of its time". A decade later, Sontag wrote a sequel that countered the almost universal  More...

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List price: $3.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/12/1979
Binding: Paperback
Weight: 0.132
Language: English

In 1978, while recovering from cancer, Susan Sontag wrote Illness as Metaphor. It has become a classic that Newsweek called "one of the most liberating books of its time". A decade later, Sontag wrote a sequel that countered the almost universal labeling of AIDS as a "plague". Demystifying the fears surrounding these two diseases, Sontag's ground-breaking essays have had an enormous impact on the lives of countless patients and their caregivers.Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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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