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Where the Stress Falls Essays

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ISBN-10: 0312421311

ISBN-13: 9780312421311

Edition: Revised 

Authors: Susan Sontag

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Thirty-five years after her first collection, the now classic Against Interpretation, America's most important essayist has chosen more than forty longer and shorter pieces from the last twenty years. Divided into three sections, the first "Reading" includes ardent pieces on writers from her own private canon - Machado de Assis, Barthes, W. G. Sebald, Borges, Tsvetaeva, and Elizabeth Hardwick. In the second, "Seeing" she shares her passions for film, dance, photography, painting, opera, and theater. And in the final section, "There and Here" Sontag explores her own commitments to the work (and activism) of conscience and to the vocation of the writer.
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 11/9/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.748
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.

Reading A Poet's Prose
Where the Stress Falls Afterlives: The Case of Machado de Assis A Mind in Mourning
The Wisdom Project Writing Itself: On Roland Barthes Walser's Voice Danilo Ki�
Gombrowicz's Ferdydurke Pedro P�ramo DQ A Letter to Borges
Seeing A Century of Cinema Novel into Film: Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz
A Note on Bunraku A Place for Fantasy
The Pleasure of the Image About Hodgkin
A Lexicon for Available Light In Memory of Their Feelings Dancer and the Dance Lincoln Kirstein Wagner's Fluids
An Ecstasy of Lament One Hundred Years of Italian Photography
On Bellocq Borland's Babies Certain Mapplethorpes
A Photograph is Not an Opinion
Or Is It?
There and Here Homage to Halliburton Singleness Writing As Reading Thirty Years Later . . .
Questions of Travel The Idea of Europe (One More Elegy)
The Very Comical Lament of Pyramus and Thisbe (An Interlude)
Answers to a Questionnaire Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo "There" and "Here" Joseph Brodsky On Being Translated
Acknowledgments