Against Interpretation

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Vintage, 1994 - Art and society - 304 pages
Against Interpretation is a selection from Susan Sontag's early writings about the arts and contemporary culture. The book quickly became a modem classic and has had enormous influence here and abroad. As well as the title essay, 'On Style' and the famous' Notes on Camp', the book includes discussion of such figures and Sartre, Simone Weil, Georg Lukacs, Levi-Strauss, Artaud, Genet, Brecht, Beckett, Bresson and Goddard.

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There don't seem to be as many public intellectuals around as there used to be. Sure, there are more commentators than ever—look at the many, many bloggers out there, as well as other individuated ... Read full review

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A collection of essays that notably includes her break-out piece, “Notes on Camp,” which had appeared in Partisan Review in 1964, and the title essay. “Notes on Camp,” instead of defining and ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Susan Sontag was born in New York City on January 16, 1933. She received a B.A. from the University of Chicago and did graduate work in philosophy, literature and theology at Harvard University and Saint Anne's College, Oxford University. She was the author of 17 books including four novels, a collection of short stories, several plays, and eight works of nonfiction. Her novels are The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover, and In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for fiction. On Photography received the 1978 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines including The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and Art in America. She also wrote and directed four feature films and stage plays in the United States and Europe. She died from leukemia on December 28, 2004 at the age of 71.

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