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The wholeness of the vision of the past is what Lukács means when he speaks of
“realism.” Another way Lukács has partly emigrated from the present is in his
choice of the language in which to write. Only his first two books are in Hungarian
Admirable as the 19th century realist tradition in the novel may be, the standards
of admiration which Lukács proposes are ... The final essay, “Critical Realism and
Socialist Realism,” refutes from a Marxist point of view the base doctrines of art ...
... and realism is dull and confines the imagination. His rejection of psychology
permits the revival of a device common to all non-realistic theatrical traditions (it
is equivalent to frontality in naïve painting), 116 e A g a in st in ter p r et a ti on.
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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