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First published in 1966, this celebrated book--Sontag's first collection of essays--quickly became a modern classic, and has had an enormous influence in America and abroad on thinking about the arts and contemporary culture. As well as the title essay and the famous "Notes on Camp," Against Interpretation includes original and provocative discussions of Sartre, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, science-fiction movies, psychoanalysis, and contemporary religious thinking. This edition features a new afterword by Sontag.

Susan Sontag became a cultural figure upon the publication of her pathbreaking collection of essays Against Interpretation in 1966.  She went on to write four novels, including In America, which won the National Book Award for Fiction, as well as a collection of stories, several plays, and seven subsequent works of nonfiction, among them On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, and Regarding the Pain of Others. Her many international honors included the Jerusalem Prize in 2001 and the Friedenspreis (Peace Prize) of the German Book Trade in 2003. She died in New York City on December 28, 2004.

First published in 1966, this celebrated bookSontag's first collection of essaysquickly became a modern classic, and has had an enormous influence in America and abroad on thinking about the arts and contemporary culture. As well as the title essay and the famous "Notes on 'Camp,'" Against Interpretation includes original and provocative discussions of Sartre, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, science-fiction movies, psychoanalysis, and contemporary religious thinking. This edition features a new afterword by the author.

"Sontag's essays are great interpretations, and even fulfillments, of what is really going on."Carlos Fuentes

"Susan Sontag's essays are great interpretations, and even fulfillments, of what is really going on."Carlos Fuentes

"A dazzling intellectual performance."Vogue

"Susan Sontag is a writer of rare energy and provocative newness."The Nation

"The theoretical portions of her book are delightful to read because she can argue so well. . . . Her ideas are consistently stimulating."Commentary

"She has come to symbolize the writer and thinker in many variations: as analyst, rhapsodist, and roving eye, as public scold and portable conscience."Time

Synopsis:

Against Interpretation was Susan Sontag's first collection of essays and is a modern classic. Originally published in l966, it has never gone out of print, and has influenced generations of readers all over the world. It includes the famous essays "Notes on Camp" and "Against Interpretation," as well as her impassioned discussions of Sartre, Camus, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, Lévi-Strauss, science fiction movies, psychoanalysis, and contemporary religious thought. This edition has a new Afterword, in which Sontag restates the terms of her battle against philistinism, and against ethical shallowness and indifference.

Synopsis:

First published in 1966, this celebrated book--Sontag's first collection of essays--quickly became a modern classic, and has had an enormous influence in America and abroad on thinking about the arts and contemporary culture. As well as the title essay and the famous "Notes on Camp," Against Interpretation includes original and provocative discussions of Sartre, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, science-fiction movies, psychoanalysis, and contemporary religious thinking. This edition features a new afterword by Sontag.

About the Author

Susan Sontag is the author of four novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover and In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for fiction; I, etcetera, a collection of stories; several plays; and five works of nonfiction, among them On Photography, which won the National Book Critics' Circle Award for criticism, and Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.

Table of Contents

Against interpretation

On style

The artist as exemplary sufferer

Simone Weil

Camus' Notebooks

Michel Leiris' Manhood

The anthropologist as hero

The literary criticism of Georg Lukacs

Sartre's Saint Genet

Nathalie Sarraute and the novel

Ionesco

Reflections on The Deputy

The death of tragedy,

Going to theater, etc.

Marat / Sade / Artaud

Spiritual style in the films of Robert Bresson

Godard's Vivre Sa Vie

The imagination of disaster

Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures

Resnais' Muriel

A note on novels and films

Piety without content

Psychoanalysis and Norman O. Brown's Life Against Death

Happenings: an art of radical juxtaposition

Notes on "Camp"

One culture and the new sensibility

Afterword: Thirty Years Later

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312280864
Author:
Sontag, Susan
Publisher:
Picador USA
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Literature, Modern
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Literature, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Picador USA ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 52
Publication Date:
20010831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.47 x 5.38 x 0.97 in

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"Synopsis" by , Against Interpretation was Susan Sontag's first collection of essays and is a modern classic. Originally published in l966, it has never gone out of print, and has influenced generations of readers all over the world. It includes the famous essays "Notes on Camp" and "Against Interpretation," as well as her impassioned discussions of Sartre, Camus, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, Lévi-Strauss, science fiction movies, psychoanalysis, and contemporary religious thought. This edition has a new Afterword, in which Sontag restates the terms of her battle against philistinism, and against ethical shallowness and indifference.
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First published in 1966, this celebrated book--Sontag's first collection of essays--quickly became a modern classic, and has had an enormous influence in America and abroad on thinking about the arts and contemporary culture. As well as the title essay and the famous "Notes on Camp," Against Interpretation includes original and provocative discussions of Sartre, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, science-fiction movies, psychoanalysis, and contemporary religious thinking. This edition features a new afterword by Sontag.

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