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Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag

Die frühen New Yorker Jahre

  • Author: Stephan Isernhagen
  • Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
  • ISBN: 9783161539367
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 407
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English summary: Susan Sontag was an icon who went on the intellectual warpath with Zolas and Voltaire, intervening time and again in politics. But how did Susan Lee Rosenblatt, as she was born in January 1933, come to be the colourful figure of New York's cultural scene that she was? As a woman who loved other women and had arrived virtually penniless with her son in late 1950s New York, how did she manage to establish herself in its largely heterosexual male-dominated literary scene of the 60s? Stephan Isernhagen locates Sontag in the cultural field of the east coast city and argues that the issues she was occupied with, the stances she adopted and the channels she directed her art criticism along had influenced New York's cultural scene long before her arrival. He works out the connection between Sontag's homosexual self-awareness, art criticism and how strongly her work as one of history's most important female intellectuals was influenced by the powers-of-society's repeated declaration of homosexual experience's inferiority. German description: Susan Sontag (1933-2004) gilt als Ikone, als streitbare Intellektuelle in der Tradition Zolas und Voltaires, die immer wieder in der Politik intervenierte. Doch wie wurde sie, als Susan Lee Rosenblatt im Januar 1933 geboren, zur schillernden Figur des New Yorker Kulturbetriebs? Wie schaffte sie es als Frau, die Frauen liebte und mit ihrem Sohn fast mittellos Ende der 1950er Jahre nach New York gekommen war, sich in der von grosstenteils heterosexuellen Mannern dominierten literarischen Welt der 1960er Jahre durchzusetzen?Stephan Isernhagen verortet Sontag im kulturellen Feld New Yorks und argumentiert, dass Themen, die sie besetzte, Haltungen, die sie sich aneignete und Kategorien, an denen entlang sie ihre Kunstkritik ausrichtete, den Kulturbetrieb New Yorks lange vor ihrer Etablierung in der Ostkustenmetropole pragten. Er arbeitet den Zusammenhang zwischen Sontags Selbstwahrnehmung als Homosexuelle und ihrer Kunstkritik heraus und zeigt, wie stark die von gesellschaftlichen Autoritaten immer wieder festgestellte Minderwertigkeit der homosexuellen Erfahrung die Kunstkritik einer Frau, die als eine der wichtigsten weiblichen Intellektuellen in die Geschichte eingegangen ist, pragte.

On Photography

On Photography

  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0241197546
  • Category: Photography
  • Page: 224
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Susan Sontag's On Photography is a seminal and groundbreaking work on the subject. Susan Sontag's groundbreaking critique of photography asks forceful questions about the moral and aesthetic issues surrounding this art form. Photographs are everywhere, and the 'insatiability of the photographing eye' has profoundly altered our relationship with the world. Photographs have the power to shock, idealize or seduce, they create a sense of nostalgia and act as a memorial, and they can be used as evidence against us or to identify us. In these six incisive essays, Sontag examines the ways in which we use these omnipresent images to manufacture a sense of reality and authority in our lives. 'Sontag offers enough food for thought to satisfy the most intellectual of appetites'The Times 'A brilliant analysis of the profound changes photographic images have made in our way of looking at the world, and at ourselves'Washington Post 'The most original and illuminating study of the subject'New Yorker One of America's best-known and most admired writers, Susan Sontag was also a leading commentator on contemporary culture until her death in December 2004. Her books include four novels and numerous works of non-fiction, among them Regarding the Pain of Others, On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, At the Same Time, Against Interpretation and Other Essays and Reborn: Early Diaries 1947-1963, all of which are published by Penguin. A further eight books, including the collections of essays Under the Sign of Saturn and Where the Stress Falls, and the novels The Volcano Lover and The Benefactor, are available from Penguin Modern Classics.

Against Interpretation and Other Essays

Against Interpretation and Other Essays

  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141976470
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 336
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A series of provocative discussions on everything from individual authors to contemporary religious thinking, Against Interpretation and Other Essays is the definitive collection of Susan Sontag's best known and important works published in Penguin Modern Classics. Against Interpretation was Susan Sontag's first collection of essays and made her name as one of the most incisive thinkers of our time. Sontag was among the first critics to write about the intersection between 'high' and 'low' art forms, and to give them equal value as valid topics, shown here in her epoch-making pieces 'Notes on Camp' and 'Against Interpretation'. Here too are impassioned discussions of Sartre, Camus, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, Lévi-Strauss, science-fiction movies, psychoanalysis and contemporary religious thought. Originally published in 1966, this collection has never gone out of print and has been a major influence on generations of readers, and the field of cultural criticism, ever since. Susan Sontag (1933-2004) was born in Manhattan and studied at the universities of Chicago, Harvard and Oxford. She is the author of four novels - The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover and In America, which won the 2000 US National Book Award for fiction - a collection of stories, several plays, and six books of essays, among them Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors. Her books are translated into thirty-two languages. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work, and in 2003 she received the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. If you enjoyed Against Interpretation and Other Essays, you might like Sontag's On Photography, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'A dazzling intellectual performance' Vogue 'Sontag offers enough food for thought to satisfy the most intellectual of appetites' The Times

Susan Sontag. Geist und Glamour

Susan Sontag. Geist und Glamour

Biographie

  • Author: Daniel Schreiber
  • Publisher: Aufbau Digital
  • ISBN: 3841208681
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 342
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"I'm happy when I dance." Susan Sontag Eine der einflussreichsten Intellektuellen Amerikas, faszinierende Schriftstellerin und Celebrity der Popkultur - Susan Sontag war eine ebenso widersprüchliche wie glamouröse Frau: Sie trat in Filmen von Andy Warhol und Woody Allen auf, wurde von Annie Leibovitz fotografiert, war Werbegesicht der Wodka-Marke Absolut - und zugleich eine der bedeutendsten Stimmen ihrer Zeit. "Die beste Einführung in ihr Leben und Werk." Süddeutsche Zeitung "Eine faszinierende Beschreibung des intellektuellen New York." Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

The Doors und Dostojewski

The Doors und Dostojewski

Das Rolling-Stone-Interview

  • Author: Susan Sontag,Jonathan Cott
  • Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe
  • ISBN: 3455851223
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 128
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Begegnung mit einer intellektuellen Ikone: "Die meisten meiner Gedanken entwickle ich im Gespräch." 1978 treffen sich Susan Sontag und Jonathan Cott zum Interview. Erst in Sontags Pariser Wohnung, dann in ihrem Loft in New York. Entstanden ist ein vielseitiges Gespräch, das Sontag als Denkerin zeigt, vor der kaum ein Thema sicher war - Feminismus, Fotografie, Ästhetik, Ideologie, Chuck Berry und Friedrich Nietzsche - und die sich keinen Deut um die Trennung von Hoch- und Popkultur scherte: "Rock 'n' Roll hat mein Leben verändert." Auch in ihr Privatleben gewährt sie Einblick und erzählt von ihrer Krebserkrankung, die sie zu einer ihrer wichtigsten Publikationen, "Krankheit als Metapher", veranlasste.

Susan Sontag - Das photographische Sehen und der Pluralismus der Moderne

Susan Sontag - Das photographische Sehen und der Pluralismus der Moderne

  • Author: Miriam Bartosch
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag
  • ISBN: 3638480240
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 14
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Medien / Kommunikation - Medien und Politik, Pol. Kommunikation, Note: 1,3, Freie Universität Berlin, 9 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Susan Sontag beschreibt ihre erste Berührung mit der Photographie als einschneidendes Ereignis ihrer Kindheit. Als die 12 jährige New Yorkerin Bilder aus dem KZ Auschwitz betrachtet, öffnet sich ihr eine Welt, die ihr zuvor völlig unbekannt war: „Mein Leben wurde gespalten in die Zeit, bevor ich die Bilder sah und in die Zeit seither. Es war eine Art Offenbarung, die mich in zwei Hälften riss.“ Photographie ist für Sontag ein Medium, das anders als Literatur oder Malerei im Kontext zur Moderne ein Symbol selbiger ist und die Zeit des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts wiederspiegelt. In der Entwicklung der Photographie und der damit einhergehenden Wahrnehmung der Gegenwart zeichnet sich der geistige Zustand der westlichen Gesellschaft klar ab. In einem Interview aus dem Jahr 1978 bezeichnet Sontag die Photographie als „a distinctly modern activity. Not just because it was invented in what we call the modern age, but because it incorporates and is the vehicle of all sorts of modern attitudes and ways of perceiving.“ Im Folgenden beschäftigt sich diese Arbeit mit Susan Sontags Kritik an der Photographie und mit ihrer Motivation im Hinblick auf ihre politische Einstellung: Welche Parallelen bestehen zwischen der Entwicklung des photographischen Sehens und einer Krise des Liberalismus der Nachkriegszeit? Welche Aspekte ihrer Argumentation stimmen mit der Theorie Walter Benjamins überein, der sich zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts mit der Kunst im Zeitalter der technischen Reproduzierbarkeit beschäftigt hatte? Worin liegen die Gründe für eine unterschiedliche Sicht der Dinge von Benjamin und Sontag? Und wie und warum verändert sich Susan Sontags Ansicht gegen Ende ihres Schaffens?

Debriefing

Debriefing

Collected Stories

  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 0374717400
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 336
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A collection of one of our most powerful intellectual’s short fiction Debriefing collects all of Susan Sontag’s shorter fiction, a form she turned to intermittently throughout her writing life. The book ranges from allegory to parable to autobiography and shows her wrestling with problems not assimilable to the essay, her more customary mode. Here she catches fragments of life on the fly, dramatizes her private griefs and fears, lets characters take her where they will. The result is a collection of remarkable brilliance, versatility, and charm. Sontag’s work has typically required time for people to catch up to it. These challenging works of literary art—made more urgent by the passage of years—await a new generation of readers. This is an invaluable record of the creative output of one of the most inquisitive and analytical thinkers of the twentieth century at the height of her power.

Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag

The Making of an Icon, Revised and Updated

  • Author: Carl Rollyson,Lisa Paddock
  • Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • ISBN: 1496808487
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 368
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This first biography of Susan Sontag (1933–2004) is now fully revised and updated, providing an even more intimate portrayal of the influential writer’s life and career. The authors base this revision on Sontag’s newly released private correspondence—including emails—and the letters and memoirs of those who knew her best. The authors reveal as never before her early years in Tucson and Los Angeles, her conflicted relationship with her mother, her longing for her absent father, and her precocious achievements at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. Papers, diaries, and lecture notes, many accessible for the first time, spark a passionate fire in this biography. The authors follow Sontag as she abruptly ends an early first marriage, establishes herself in Paris, and embraces the open lifestyle she began as a teenager in Berkeley. As a single mother she struggled with teaching at Columbia University and other colleges while aiming for a career as a novelist and essayist. Eventually she made her own way in New York City after acquiring her one and only publisher, Farrar, Straus & Giroux. In her later years Sontag became a world figure, a tastemaker, dramatist, and political activist who risked her life in besieged Sarajevo. Love affairs with men and women troubled her. Diagnosed with cancer, she responded with determination, and her experience with illness inspired some of her best writing. This biography shows Sontag always craving “more life” at whatever cost and depicts her harrowing final decline even as she resisted terminal cancer. Susan Sontag: The Making of an Icon, Revised and Updated presents in candid and stark relief a new assessment of a heroic and controversial figure.

A Susan Sontag Reader

A Susan Sontag Reader

  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 1466880783
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 446
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Susan Sontag occupies a special place in Modern American letters. She has become our most important critic, while her brilliant novels and short fiction are, at long last, getting the recognition they deserve. Sontag is above all a writer, which is only to say that, though the form may differ, there is an essential unity in all her work. The truth of this is perhaps more evident in A Susan Sontag Reader than in any of Sontag's individual books. The writer selected a sampling of her work, meaning the choice both to reflect accurately a career and also to guide the reader toward those qualities and concerns which she prizes in her own writing. A Susan Sontag Reader is arranged chronologically and draws on most of Sontag's books. There are selections from her two novels, The Benefactor and Death Kit, and from her collections of short stories, I, etcetera. The famous essays from the 1960s--"Against Interpretation," "Notes on Camp," and "On Style"--which established Sontag's reputation and can be fairly said to have shaped the cultural views of a generation are included, as are selctions from her two subsequent volumes of essays, Styles of Radical Will and Under the Sign of Satury. A part of Sontag's best-selling On Photography is also included. It is astonishing to read these works when they are detached from the books they appeared in and offered instead in the order in which Sontag wrote them. The connections between various literary forms, the progression of themes, are revealed in often startling ways. Moreover, Sontag has included a long interview in which she moves mroe informally over the whole range of her concerns and of her work. The volume ends with "Writing Itself," a previously uncollected essay on Roland Barthes which, in the eyes of many, is one of Sontag's finest achievements. This collection is, in a sense, both a self-potrait and a key for a reader to understand the work of one of the most imporant writers of our time.

The Scandal of Susan Sontag

The Scandal of Susan Sontag

  • Author: Barbara Ching,Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231149174
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 264
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Susan Sontag (1933-2004) spoke of the promiscuity of art and literature--the willingness of great artists and writers to scandalize their spectators through critical frankness, complexity, and beauty. Sontag's life and thought were no less promiscuous. She wrote deeply and engagingly about a range of subjects--theater, sex, politics, novels, torture, and illness--and courted celebrity and controversy both publicly and privately. Throughout her career, she not only earned adulation but also provoked scorn. Her living was the embodiment of scandal. In this collection, Terry Castle, Nancy K. Miller, Wayne Koestenbaum, E. Ann Kaplan, and other leading scholars revisit Sontag's groundbreaking life and work. Against Interpretation, "Notes on Camp," Letter from Hanoi, On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, I, Etcetera, and The Volcano Lover--these works form the center of essays no less passionate and imaginative than Sontag herself. Debating questions raised by the thinker's own images and identities, including her sexuality, these works question Sontag's status as a female intellectual and her parallel interest in ambitious and prophetic fictional women; her ambivalence toward popular culture; and her personal and professional "scandals." Paired with rare photographs and illustrations, this timely anthology expands our understanding of Sontag's images and power.

In America

In America

A Novel

  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 9781429954303
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 432
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A glorious, sweeping new novel from the bestselling author of The Volcano Lover. The Volcano Lover, Susan Sontag's bestselling 1992 novel, retold the love story of Emma Lady Hamilton and Lord Nelson with consummate power. In her enthralling new novel--once again based on a real story--Sontag shows us our own country on the cusp of modernity. In 1876 a group of Poles led by Maryna Zalewska, Poland's greatest actress, travel to California to found a "utopian" commune. Maryna, who has renounced her career, is accompanied by her small son and husband; in her entourage is a rising young writer who is in love with her. The novel portrays a West that is still largely empty, where white settlers confront native Californians and Asian coolies. The image of America, and of California--as fantasy, as escape, as radical simplification--constantly meets a more complex reality. The commune fails and most of the émigrés go home, but Maryna stays and triumphs on the American stage. In America is a big, juicy, surprising book--about a woman's search for self-transformation, about the fate of idealism, about the world of the theater--that will captivate its readers from the first page. It is Sontag's most delicious, most brilliant achievement. In America is the winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction.

Regarding the Pain of Others

Regarding the Pain of Others

  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 1466853573
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 144
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A brilliant, clear-eyed new consideration of the visual representation of violence in our culture--its ubiquity, meanings, and effects Watching the evening news offers constant evidence of atrocity--a daily commonplace in our "society of spectacle." But are viewers inured -or incited--to violence by the daily depiction of cruelty and horror? Is the viewer's perception of reality eroded by the universal availability of imagery intended to shock? In her first full-scale investigation of the role of imagery in our culture since her now-classic book On Photography defined the terms of the debate twenty-five years ago, Susan Sontag cuts through circular arguments about how pictures can inspire dissent or foster violence as she takes a fresh look at the representation of atrocity--from Goya's The Disasters of War to photographs of the American Civil War, lynchings of blacks in the South, and Dachau and Auschwitz to contemporary horrific images of Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and New York City on September 11, 2001. As John Berger wrote when On Photography was first published, "All future discussions or analysis of the role of photography in the affluent mass-media societies is now bound to begin with her book." Sontag's new book, a startling reappraisal of the intersection of "information", "news," "art," and politics in the contemporary depiction of war and disaster, will be equally essential. It will forever alter our thinking about the uses and meanings of images in our world.

Understanding Susan Sontag

Understanding Susan Sontag

  • Author: Carl Rollyson
  • Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 1611176816
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 152
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With the publication of Susan Sontag's diaries, the development of her career can now be evaluated in a more genetic sense, so that the origins of her ideas and plans for publication are made plain in the context of her role as a public intellectual, who is increasingly aware of her impact on her culture. In Understanding Susan Sontag, Carl Rollyson not only provides an introduction to her essays, novels, plays, films, diaries, and uncollected work published in various periodicals, he now has a lens through which to reevaluate classic texts such as Against Interpretation and On Photography, providing both students and advanced scholars a renewed sense of her importance and impact. Rollyson devotes separate chapters to Sontag’s biography; her early novels; her landmark essay collections Against Interpretation and Styles of Radical Will; her films; her major mid-career books, On Photography and its sequel, Regarding the Pain of Others; and Illness as Metaphor and its sequel, AIDS and Its Metaphors, together with her groundbreaking short story, “The Way We Live Now.” Sontag’s later essay collections and biographical profiles, collected in Under the Sign of Saturn, Where the Stress Falls, and At The Same Time: Essays and Speeches, also receive a fresh assessment, as does her later work in short fiction, the novel, and drama, with a chapter discussing I, etcetera; two historical novels, The Volcano Lover and In America; and her plays, A Parsifal, Alice in Bed, and her adaptation of Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea. Chapters on her diaries and uncollected prose, along with a primary and secondary bibliography, complete this comprehensive study.

Under the Sign of Saturn

Under the Sign of Saturn

Essays

  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141976519
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 224
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Susan Sontag's third essay collection brings together her most important critical writing from 1972 to 1980. In these provocative and hugely influential works she explores some of the most controversial artists and thinkers of our time, including her now-famous polemic against Hitler's favourite film-maker, Leni Riefenstahl, and the cult of fascist art, as well as a dazzling analysis of Hans-Jürgen Syberberg's Hitler, a Film from Germany. There are also highly personal and powerful explorations of death, art, language, history, the imagination and writing itself.

Reborn

Reborn

Early Diaries 1947-1963

  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141932597
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 336
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Reborn is the compelling and frank early diary of Susan Sontag. 'Vivid, exhilarating, often moving . . . charts the development of a good writer and an important critic'Sunday Telegraph 'I intend to do everything . . . I shall anticipate pleasure everywhere and find it too, for it is everywhere! I shall involve myself wholly . . .everything matters!' This first selection from Susan Sontag's diaries (from 1947-1963) takes us from early adolescence though to when Sontag was in her early thirties. It is an astonishingly affecting, honest self-portrait which is also a fascinating, revealing account of an artist and critic being born. We see Sontag honing her skills and fashioning herself, by a supreme act of will, into an intellectual force. 'Fascinating. One can feel Sontag's mind beginning to ripen and bloom, and the full force of the intellectual originality that would be her hallmark emerging' Guardian 'Inspirational. Sontag shows us not just the importance, but the exhilaration of being earnest' New Statesman 'A fascinating document of her apprenticeship, charting her earnest quest for education, identity, and voice. Reborn is overwhelmingly a record of an inner landscape' New York Review of Books 'One of the finest American writers, thinkers, and political activists of the past four decades . . . an intimate portrait of her early life' Independent on Sunday One of America's best-known and most admired writers, Susan Sontag was also a leading commentator on contemporary culture until her death in December 2004. Her books include four novels and numerous works of non-fiction, among them Regarding the Pain of Others, On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, At the Same Time, Against Interpretation and Other Essays and Reborn: Early Diaries 1947-1963, all of which are published by Penguin. A further eight books, including the collections of essays Under the Sign of Saturn and Where the Stress Falls, and the novels The Volcano Lover and The Benefactor, are available from Penguin Modern Classics.

At the Same Time

At the Same Time

  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141905964
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 256
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At the Same Time contains sixteen illuminating essays by Susan Sontag. With a preface by David Rieff. The sixteen essays gathered here represent the last pieces written by Susan Sontag in the years before her ddath in 2004. Reflecting on literature, photography and art, post 9/11 America and political activism, these essays encompass the themes that dominated Sontag's life and work, revealing why she remains one of the twentieth century's preeminent writers and thinkers. 'These sixteen pieces brim over with vitality . . . every one of them opening up fresh lines of thought'John Gray, New Statesman 'One of America's greatest public intellectuals'Observer 'Excellent and essential'Financial Times 'Reads like a greatest-hits album - a little politics, something on photography, some lit. crit. - of Sontag's passions'Daily Telegraph 'Sontag's clear thinking . . . shines like a spotlight in dark places'The Times One of America's best-known and most admired writers, Susan Sontag was also a leading commentator on contemporary culture until her death in December 2004. Her books include four novels and numerous works of non-fiction, among them Regarding the Pain of Others, On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, At the Same Time, Against Interpretation and Other Essays and Reborn: Early Diaries 1947-1963, all of which are published by Penguin. A further eight books, including the collections of essays Under the Sign of Saturn and Where the Stress Falls, and the novels The Volcano Lover and The Benefactor, are available from Penguin Modern Classics.

Where the Stress Falls

Where the Stress Falls

  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141976535
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 368
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Where the Stress Falls is divided into three sections: the first, 'Reading', includes ardent pieces on writers from Sontag's own private canon - Machado de Assis, Barthes, W. G. Sebald, Borges, Tsvetaeva and Elizabeth Hardwick. In the second, 'Seeing', she shares her passions for film, dance, photography, painting, opera and theatre. And in the final section, 'There and Here', Sontag explores her own commitments to the work (and activism) of conscience and to the vocation of the writer.

Styles of Radical Will

Styles of Radical Will

  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141976497
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 288
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This collection of essays contains some of the most important pieces of criticism of the twentieth century, including the classics 'The Aesthetics of Silence', a brilliant account of language, thought and consciousness, and 'Trip to Hanoi', written during the Vietnam War. Here too is an excoriating account of America's identity and future, a robust and surprising discussion of pornography and other richly rewarding writings on art, film, literature and politics.

Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 014191176X
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 192
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In l978 Sontag wrote Illness As Metaphor. A cancer patient herself at the time, she shows how the metaphors and myths surrounding certain illnesses, especially cancer, add greatly to the suffering of the patients and often inhibit them from seeking proper treatment. By demystifying the fantasies surrounding cancer, Sontag shows cancer for what it is - just a disease. Cancer is not a curse, not a punishment, certainly not an embarrassment, and highly curable, if good treatment is found early enough. Almost a decade later, with the outbreak of a new, stigmatised disease replete with mystifications and punitive metaphors, Sontag wrote Aids and its Metaphors, extending the argument of the earlier book to the AIDS pandemic.

Notes on Camp

Notes on Camp

  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0241339715
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 64
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'The ultimate Camp statement: it's good because it's awful.' These two classic essays were the first works of criticism to break down the boundaries between 'high' and 'low' culture, and made Susan Sontag a literary sensation. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.