Against Interpretation and Other Essays

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 ...

Author: Susan Sontag

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141976470

Category: Literary Collections

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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

Against Interpretation and Other Essays

Author: Susan Sontag



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Against Interpretation

Against interpretation, and other essays / Susan Sontag p. cm. ISBN 0-312-
28086-6 1. Literature, Modern—20th century—History and criticism. 2. Criticism. I.
Title. [PN771.S62 1990] 809'.04—dc20 90—367 CIP First published in the United

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Against Interpretation and Other Essays

Author: Susan Sontag

Publisher: NY Books


Category: Critica filosofica

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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.

Against Interpretation

Author: Susan Sontag

Publisher: Novels


Category: Criticism

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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.

Cultural Conservatism Political Liberalism

Against Interpretation and Other Essays , 196–208 . " Going to theater , Etc. "
Against Interpretation and Other Essays , 140-62 . Illness as Metaphor . New York
: Farrar , 1978. Rpt . in Ilness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors , 1-87 .

Author: James Seaton

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

Encyclopedia of the Essay

Sontag demands nothing less than a revamping of the way we perceive art ; to
some this may be too demanding and threatening a shift in perspective . In
Sontag's first collection , Against Interpretation and Other Essays ( 1966 ) , the
title essay ...

Author: Tracy Chevalier

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781884964305

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 1002

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"This groundbreaking new source of international scope defines the essay as nonfictional prose texts of between one and 50 pages in length. The more than 500 entries by 275 contributors include entries on nationalities, various categories of essays such as generic (such as sermons, aphorisms), individual major works, notable writers, and periodicals that created a market for essays, and particularly famous or significant essays. The preface details the historical development of the essay, and the alphabetically arranged entries usually include biographical sketch, nationality, era, selected writings list, additional readings, and anthologies."--"Outstanding Reference Sources : the 1999 Selection of New Titles", American Libraries, May 1999. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA.

When Stories Travel

Sontag, Against Interpretation 3–14. ———. Against Interpretation and Other
Essays. New York: Picador, 1966. ———. “A Note on Novels and Films.” Sontag,
Against Interpretation 242–45. ———. “Spiritual Style in the Films of Robert
Bresson ...

Author: Cristina Della Coletta

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421403656

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 273

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Adapting fiction into film is, as author Cristina Della Coletta asserts, a transformative encounter that takes place not just across media but across different cultures. In this book, Della Coletta explores what it means when the translation of fiction into film involves writers, directors, and audiences who belong to national, historical, and cultural formations different from that of the adapted work. In particular, Della Coletta examines narratives and films belonging to Italian, North American, French, and Argentine cultures. These include Luchino Visconti’s adaptation of James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, Federico Fellini’s version of Edgar Allan Poe’s story "Never Bet the Devil Your Head," Alain Corneau’s film based on Antonio Tabucchi’s Notturno indiano, and Bernardo Bertolucci’s take on Jorge Luis Borges’s "Tema del traidor y del héroe." In her framework for analyzing these cross-cultural film adaptations, Della Coletta borrows from the philosophical hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer and calls for a "hermeneutics of estrangement," a practice of mediation and adaptation that defines cultures, nations, selfhoods, and their aesthetic achievements in terms of their transformative encounters. Stories travel to unexpected and interesting places when adapted into film by people of diverse cultures. While the intended meaning of the author may not be perfectly reproduced, it still holds, Della Coletta argues, an equally valid and important intellectual claim upon its interpreters. With a firm grasp on the latest developments in adaptation theory, Della Coletta invites scholars of media studies, cultural history, comparative literature, and adaptation studies to deepen their understanding of this critical encounter between texts, writers, readers, and cultural movements.

Literary Criticism in the 21st Century

“Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading, or, You're So Paranoid, You
Probably Think This Essay Is about You.” In Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy,
... Sontag, Susan. “Against Interpretation.” In Against Interpretation and Other

Author: Vincent B. Leitch

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472531825

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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For more than a decade literary criticism has been thought to be in a post-theory age. Despite this, the work of thinkers such as Derrida, Deleuze and Foucault and new writers such as Agamben and Ranciere continue to be central to literary studies. Literary Criticism in the 21st Century explores the explosion of new theoretical approaches that has seen a renaissance in theory and its importance in the institutional settings of the humanities today. Literary Criticism in the 21st Century covers such issues as: The institutional history of theory in the academy The case against theory, from the 1970s to today Critical reading, theory and the wider world Keystone works in contemporary theory New directions and theory's many futures Written with an engagingly personal and accessible approach that brings theory vividly to life, this is a passionate defence of theory and its continuing relevance in the 21st century.

On Photography

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.

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.

Language Literature and Critical Practice

Sontag, Susan (1961a), 'Against Interpretation', in Sontag, 1961b, 3–14. Sontag,
S. (1961b), Against Interpretation and Other Essays, New York: Delta. Spencer, J.
and Gregory, M. (eds) (1964), Linguistics and Style, Oxford: Oxford University ...

Author: David Birch

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134971354

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

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Using a wide-ranging variety of texts the author reviews and evaluates a broad range of approaches to textual commentary, introducing the reader to the fundamental distinction between `actual' and `virtual' worlds in critical practice.

Reframing Pilgrimage

Sontag, S. (1967) 'Against interpretation', in Against Interpretation and Other
Essays, London: Eyre and Spottiswoode. Spence, D. (1984) Narrative Truth and
Historical Truth: meaning and interpretation in psychoanalysis, New York: Norton.

Author: Simon Coleman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134411707

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Reframing Pilgrimage argues that sacred travel is just one of the twenty-first century's many forms of cultural mobility. The contributors consider the meanings of pilgrimage in Christian, Mormon, Hindu, Islamic and Sufi traditions, as well as in secular contexts, and they create a new theory of pilgrimage as a form of voluntary displacement. This voluntary displacement helps to constitute cultural meaning in a world constantly 'en route'. Pilgrimage, which works both on global economic and individual levels, is recognised as a highly creative and politically charged force intimately bound up in economic and cultural systems

Interpretation in International Law

215 AdlerNissen and GammeltoftHansen, Sovereignty Games, 7. 216 Susan
Sontag, Against Interpretation and Other Essays (Penguin 2009) 7. 217
Hutchinson, It's All in the Game, 8–9. 218 See Philip Allott, Eunomia: New Order
for a New ...

Author: Andrea Bianchi

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191038709

Category: Law

Page: 380

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International lawyers have long recognised the importance of interpretation to their academic discipline and professional practice. As new insights on interpretation abound in other fields, international law and international lawyers have largely remained wedded to a rule-based approach, focusing almost exclusively on the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. Such an approach neglects interpretation as a distinct and broader field of theoretical inquiry. Interpretation in International Law brings international legal scholars together to engage in sustained reflection on the theme of interpretation. The book is creatively structured around the metaphor of the game, which captures and illuminates the constituent elements of an act of interpretation. The object of the game of interpretation is to persuade the audience that one's interpretation of the law is correct. The rules of play are known and complied with by the players, even though much is left to their skills and strategies. There is also a meta-discourse about the game of interpretation - 'playing the game of game-playing' - which involves consideration of the nature of the game, its underlying stakes, and who gets to decide by what rules one should play. Through a series of diverse contributions, Interpretation in International Law reveals interpretation as an inescapable feature of all areas of international law. It will be of interest and utility to all international lawyers whose work touches upon theoretical or practical aspects of interpretation.

African Film and Literature

Against Interpretation and Other Essays, 3–14. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode.
Sorel, Georges. 1999. Reflections on Violence (1907). Ed. Jeremy Jennings.
Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.

Author: Lindiwe Dovey

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231519389

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Analyzing a range of South African and West African films inspired by African and non-African literature, Lindiwe Dovey identifies a specific trend in contemporary African filmmaking-one in which filmmakers are using the embodied audiovisual medium of film to offer a critique of physical and psychological violence. Against a detailed history of the medium's savage introduction and exploitation by colonial powers in two very different African contexts, Dovey examines the complex ways in which African filmmakers are preserving, mediating, and critiquing their own cultures while seeking a united vision of the future. More than merely representing socio-cultural realities in Africa, these films engage with issues of colonialism and postcolonialism, "updating" both the history and the literature they adapt to address contemporary audiences in Africa and elsewhere. Through this deliberate and radical re-historicization of texts and realities, Dovey argues that African filmmakers have developed a method of filmmaking that is altogether distinct from European and American forms of adaptation.

Cosmopolitan Style

New York: Columbia University Press, 994. Sontag, Susan. “Against
Interpretation.” In Against Interpretation and Other Essays, 3– 4. New York: Delta,
966. ——. AIDS and Its Metaphors. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 989. —

Author: Rebecca L. Walkowitz

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231510535

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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In this broad-ranging and ambitious intervention in the debates over the politics, ethics, and aesthetics of cosmopolitanism, Rebecca L. Walkowitz argues that modernist literary style has been crucial to new ways of thinking and acting beyond the nation. While she focuses on modernist narrative, Walkowitz suggests that style conceived expansively as attitude, stance, posture, and consciousness helps to explain many other, nonliterary formations of cosmopolitanism in history, anthropology, sociology, transcultural studies, and media studies. Walkowitz shows that James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, and W. G. Sebald use the salient features of literary modernism in their novels to explore different versions of transnational thought, question moral and political norms, and renovate the meanings of national culture and international attachment. By deploying literary tactics of naturalness, triviality, evasion, mix-up, treason, and vertigo, these six authors promote ideas of democratic individualism on the one hand and collective projects of antifascism or anti-imperialism on the other. Joyce, Conrad, and Woolf made their most significant contribution to this "critical cosmopolitanism" in their reflection on the relationships between narrative and political ideas of progress, aesthetic and social demands for literalism, and sexual and conceptual decorousness. Specifically, Walkowitz considers Joyce's critique of British imperialism and Irish nativism; Conrad's understanding of the classification of foreigners; and Woolf's exploration of how colonizing policies rely on ideas of honor and masculinity. Rushdie, Ishiguro, and Sebald have revived efforts to question the definitions and uses of naturalness, argument, utility, attentiveness, reasonableness, and explicitness, but their novels also address a range of "new ethnicities" in late-twentieth-century Britain and the different internationalisms of contemporary life. They use modernist strategies to articulate dynamic conceptions of local and global affiliation, with Rushdie in particular adding playfulness and confusion to the politics of antiracism. In this unique and engaging study, Walkowitz shows how Joyce, Conrad, and Woolf developed a repertoire of narrative strategies at the beginning of the twentieth century that were transformed by Rushdie, Ishiguro, and Sebald at the end. Her book brings to the forefront the artful idiosyncrasies and political ambiguities of twentieth-century modernist fiction.

Who s Afraid of Modern Art

Essays on Modern Art and Theology in Conversation Daniel A. Siedell. rilke,
rainer Maria. Letters ... “Against interpretation” (1964). in Against Interpretation
and Other Essays, 3–14. new York: octagon, 1986. steiner, George. Real

Author: Daniel A. Siedell

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630877913

Category: Religion

Page: 178

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Modern art can be confusing and intimidating--even ugly and blasphemous. And yet curator and art critic Daniel A. Siedell finds something else, something much deeper that resonates with the human experience. With over thirty essays on such diverse artists as Andy Warhol, Thomas Kinkade, Diego Velazquez, Robyn O'Neil, Claudia Alvarez, and Andrei Rublev, Siedell offers a highly personal approach to modern art that is informed by nearly twenty years of experience as a museum curator, art historian, and educator. Siedell combines his experience in the contemporary art world with a theological perspective that serves to deepen the experience of art, allowing the work of art to work as art and not covert philosophy or theology, or visual illustrations of ideas, meanings, and worldviews. Who's Afraid of Modern Art? celebrates the surprising beauty of art that emerges from and embraces pain and suffering, if only we take the time to listen. Indeed, as Siedell reveals, a painting is much more than meets the eye. So, who's afraid of modern art? Siedell's answer might surprise you.

Susan Sontag

“Aesthetics of Silence, The” (Sontag), 50 “Against Interpretation” (Sontag essay),
25,50 Against Interpretation, and Other Essays (Sontag), ix–x, xiv, xv Anger,
Kenneth, xv Archilochos, 56 Arendt, Hannah, ix, 70 Aristotle, 69, 70 Artaud,
Antonin, ...

Author: Jonathan Cott

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300190808

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 169

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The candid and far-reaching interview with the public intellectual and author of Illness as Metaphor, conducted in 1978 Paris and New York. Over the summer and fall of 1978, Susan Sontag engaged in a series of deeply stimulating, provocative and intimate conversations with Jonathan Cott of Rolling Stone magazine. While the printed interview was extensive, it covered only a third of their twelve hours of discussion. Now, for the first time, the entire transcript of Sontag’s remarkable conversation is available in book form, accompanied by Cott’s preface and recollections. An acclaimed author of novels and essays, a renowned cultural critic and radical anti-war activist, Sontag was at the height of her powers in the late 1970s. Her musings and observations in this interview reveal the breadth and depth of her critical intelligence and curiosities at the time. These hours of conversation offer a revelatory and indispensable look at the self-described "besotted aesthete" and "obsessed moralist."

The Musician as Interpreter

Some of the text's elements are read literally, others allegorically; all are
integrated into an intelligible present-day context. Again, this totality is related to
... 8. Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation and Other Essays (New York:
Interpretations 75.


Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271045085

Category: Biography & Autobiography


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Among the many practices in which musicians engage are several that may be viewed as modes of interpretation, a kind of interpretation that the author calls "performative". This book aims at making the case for understanding these activities of transcribing, varying, and realizing music as all forms of interpretation.

Reading the Old Testament

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. Susan Sontag, Against
Interpretation and Other Essays (London 1967), p. 7 This book has three aims: to
survey the methods currently used in the study of the Old Testament in such a
way ...

Author: John Barton

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664257248

Category: Religion

Page: 294

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John Barton's revised classic text is intended for students who have already learned some of the techniques of biblical study and who wish to explore the implications and aims of the various critical methods currently in use. Chapters include: form criticism, redaction criticism, canonical criticism, structuralism, reader-response criticism, and postmodern approaches.


Susan Sontag , Against Interpretation and Other Essays ( New York , 1966 ) , p .
14 . 2. Ibid . , pp . 6f . 3. Lowry Nelson , Jr. , “ The Fictive Reader and Literary Self
- Reflexiveness , ” in The Disciplines of Criticism : Essays in Literary Theory ...

Author: Wolfgang Iser

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801845932

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 316

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"An important transitional book, usefully summarizing the past and thoughtfully mapping out the future of a significant critic's theoretical project."- Modern Philology. "There is a much greater emphasis on the reader's function as 'performer' of the text in Prospecting than in Iser's other books. The two brilliant chapters on Beckett's fiction and drama are crucial here... Literature becomes 'play' and 'game,' and the reader becomes a performer of himself. This idea of performance becomes central to Iser's new theory. Art does not present life; it performs it."- Yearbook of English Studies.