Against Interpretation And Other Essays

ISBN-10: 0312280866

ISBN-13: 9780312280864

Edition: Revised 

Authors: Susan Sontag

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First published in 1966, this celebrated book--Sontag's first collection of essays--quickly became a modern classic, and has had an enormous influence in America and abroad on thinking about the arts and contemporary culture. As well as the title essay and the famous "Notes on Camp," Against Interpretation includes original and provocative discussions of Sartre, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, science-fiction movies, psychoanalysis, and contemporary religious thinking. This edition features a new afterword by Sontag.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 8/25/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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.

Against interpretation
On style
The artist as exemplary sufferer
Notebooks Michel Leiris'
Manhood
The anthropologist as hero
The literary criticism of Georg Lukacs Sartre's
Sarraute and the novel Ionesco Reflections on The Deputy
The death of tragedy, Going to theater, etc. Marat / Sade / Artaud Spiritual style in the films of
The imagination of disaster Jack Smith's
Flaming Creatures Resnais' Muriel
A note on novels and films Piety without content Psychoanalysis and Norman O. Brown's
Life Against Death Happenings: an art of radical juxtaposition Notes on "Camp" One culture and the new sensibility
Afterword: Thirty Years Later
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