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gence and grace and sensuousness, these two films of Riefenstahl (unique
among works of Nazi artists) transcend the ... A work of art, so far as it is a work of
art, cannot—whatever the artist's personal intentions—advocate anything at all.
The most attractive works of art are those which give us the illusion that the artist
had no alternatives, so wholly centered is he in his style. Compare that which is
forced, labored, synthetic in the construction of Madame Bovary and of Ulysses ...
All kinds of conventionally accepted boundaries have thereby been challenged:
not just the one between the “scientific” and the “literary-artistic” cultures, or the
one between “art” and “non-art”; but also many established distinctions within the
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AGAINST INTERPRETATION: And Other EssaysUser Review - Kirkus
If one were to judge these essays in terms of price, their value would be very high. At her best (and worst) Miss Sontag offers three pennies worth of thought in any one sentence. "The function of ... Read full review