Against Interpretation: And Other Essays

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Macmillan, 1966 - Literary Collections - 304 pages
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Against Interpretation was Susan Sontag's first collection of essays and is a modern classic. Originally published in 1966, it has never gone out of print and has influenced generations of readers all over the world. It includes the famous essays "Notes on Camp" and "Against Interpretation," as well as her impassioned discussions of Sartre, Camus, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, Levi-Strauss, sceince-fiction movies, psychoanalysis, and contemporary religious thought.

This edition has a new afterword, "Thirty Years Later," in which Sontag restates the terms of her battle against philistinism and against ethical shallowness and indifference.

 

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Contents

Against interpretation
3
On style
15
II
37
The artist as exemplary sufferer
39
Simone Weil
49
Camus Notebooks
52
Michel Leiris Manhood
61
The anthropologist as hero
69
MaratSadeArtaud
163
IV
175
Spiritual style in the films of Robert Bresson
177
Godards Vivre Sa Vie
196
The imagination of disaster
209
Jack Smiths Flaming Creatures
226
Resnais Muriel
232
A note on novels and films
242

The literary criticism of Georg Lukács
82
Sartres Saint Genet
93
Nathalie Sarraute and the novel
100
III
113
Ionesco
115
Reflections on The Deputy
124
The death of tragedy
132
Going to theater etc
140
V
247
Piety without content
249
Psychoanalysis and Norman O Browns Life Against Death
256
an art of radical juxtaposition
263
Notes on Camp
275
One culture and the new sensibility
293
Afterword
305
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About the author (1966)

Susan Sontag is the author of four novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover and In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for fiction; I, etcetera, a collection of stories; several plays; and five works of nonfiction, among them On Photography, which won the National Book Critics' Circle Award for criticism, and Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors. She lives in New York City. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.

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