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What Roland Barthes calls “the zero degree of writing” is, precisely by being anti-
metaphorical and dehumanized, as selective and artificial as any traditional style
of writing. Nevertheless, the notion of a style-less, transparent art is one of the ...
This is easiest to see in the contemporary, self-conscious period of the arts,
though it is no less true of all art. Thus, the style of Robbe-Grillet's novels
expresses a perfectly valid, if narrow, insight into relationships between persons
and things: ...
The paradox is irresoluble: the less one culture communicates with another, the
less likely they are to be corrupted, one by the other; but on the other hand, the
less likely it is, in such conditions, that the respective emissaries of these cultures
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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