Against Interpretation: And Other Essays

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Oct 1, 2013 - Philosophy - 336 pages

Includes the essay "Notes on Camp," the inspiration for the 2019 exhibition Notes on Fashion: Camp at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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 groundbreaking essays "Notes on Camp" and "Against Interpretation," as well as her impassioned discussions of Sartre, Camus, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, Levi-Strauss, science-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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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

Contents

Dedication
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Part II
The artist as exemplary sufferer
Sartres Saint Genet
Part III
MaratSadeArtaud
Spiritual style in the films of Robert Bresson
Part V
Notes
Copyright

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Susan Sontag wrote four novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover, and In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for fiction; a collection of stories, I, etcetera; several plays, including Alice in Bed; and eight books of essays, among them On Photography, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Her books have been translated into thirty-two languages. In 2001, she won the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work. She died in New York City in 2004.

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