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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

Critical Excess

Critical Excess

Overreading in Derrida, Deleuze, Levinas, Žižek and Cavell

  • Author: Colin Davis
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • ISBN: 0804763062
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 217
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This lucidly written book looks at the interpretative audacity of five major "overreaders"Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Emmanuel Levinas, Slavoj i ek and Stanley Cavelland asks what is at stake and what is to be gained by their approaches to literature and film."

The Scandal of Susan Sontag

The Scandal of Susan Sontag

  • Author: Barbara Ching,Jennifer A Wagner-Lawlor
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 023152045X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 280
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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.

Cultural Conservatism, Political Liberalism

Cultural Conservatism, Political Liberalism

From Criticism to Cultural Studies

  • Author: James Seaton,Seaton James
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • ISBN: 9780472106455
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 287
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Examines whether cultural studies has been too dismissive of the tradition of literary-cultural criticism that preceded it

Voices & Visions

Voices & Visions

Selected Essays

  • Author: Bernard F. Rodgers
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • ISBN: 9780761821687
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 271
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A selection of essays and reviews published over the past twenty-five years in the Berkshire Eagle, Chicago Review, the Chicago Tribune, Magill's Literary Annual, The World & I, and other journals and collections, Voices and Visions offers engaging discussions of a wide range of modern and contemporary American and European writers.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

  • Author: John Bartlett
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 031625018X
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 1504
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More than 150 years after its original publication, BARTLETT'S FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS has been completely revised and updated for its eighteenth edition. BARTLETT'S showcases a sweeping survey of world history, from the times of ancient Egyptians to present day. New authors include Warren Buffett, the Dalai Lama, Bill Gates, David Foster Wallace, Emily Post, Steve Jobs, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Krugman, Hunter S. Thompson, Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Barack Obama, Che Guevara, Randy Pausch, Desmond Tutu, Julia Child, Fran Leibowitz, Harper Lee, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Patti Smith, William F. Buckley, and Robert F. Kennedy. In the classic BARTLETT'S tradition, the book offers readers and scholars alike a vast, stunning representation of those words that have influenced and molded our language and culture.

The New York Intellectuals Reader

The New York Intellectuals Reader

  • Author: Neil Jumonville
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 0415952654
  • Category: History
  • Page: 441
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In the early 1930's in a small alcove at City College in New York a group of young, passionate, and politically radical students argued for hours about the finer points of Marxist doctrine, the true nature of socialism, and whether or not Stalin or Trotsky was the true heir to Lenin. These young intellectuals went on to write for and found some of the most well known political and literary journals of the 20th century such as The Masses, Politics, Partisan Review, Encounter, Commentary, Dissent and The Public Interest. Figures such as Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer, Sidney Hook, Susan Sontag, Dwight MacDonald, and Seymour Lipset penned some of the most important books of social science in the mid-twentieth century. They believed, above all else, in the importance of argument and the power of the pen. They were a vibrant group of engaged political thinkers and writers, but most importantly they were public intellectuals committed to addressing the most important political, social and cultural questions of the day. Here, with helpful head notes and a comprehensive introduction by Neil Jumonville, The New York Intellectuals Reader brings the work of these thinkers back into conversation.

Radical Theatrics

Radical Theatrics

Put-Ons, Politics, and the Sixties

  • Author: Craig J. Peariso
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • ISBN: 0295805579
  • Category: History
  • Page: 245
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From burning draft cards to staging nude protests, much left-wing political activism in 1960s America was distinguished by deliberate outrageousness. This theatrical activism, aimed at the mass media and practiced by Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies, the Black Panthers, and the Gay Activists Alliance, among others, is often dismissed as naive and out of touch, or criticized for tactics condemned as silly and off-putting to the general public. In Radical Theatrics, however, Craig Peariso argues that these over-the-top antics were far more than just the spontaneous actions of a self-indulgent radical impulse. Instead, he shows, they were well-considered aesthetic and political responses to a jaded cultural climate in which an unreflective “tolerance” masked an unwillingness to engage with challenging ideas. Through innovative analysis that links political protest to the art of contemporaries such as Andy Warhol, Peariso reveals how the “put-on” — the signature activist performance of the radical left — ended up becoming a valuable American political practice, one that continues to influence contemporary radical movements such as Occupy Wall Street.

Key Writers on Art: The Twentieth Century

Key Writers on Art: The Twentieth Century

  • Author: Chris Murray
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134597207
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 336
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Key Writers on Art: The Twentieth Century offers a unique and authoritative guide to modern responses to art. Featuring 48 essays on the most important twentieth century writers and thinkers and written by an international panel of expert contributors, it introduces readers to key approaches and analytical tools used in the study of contemporary art. It discusses writers such as Adorno, Barthes, Benjamin, Freud, Greenberg, Heuser, Kristeva, Merleau-Ponty, Pollock, Read and Sontag.