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Essays of the 1960s & 70s

Author: Susan Sontag; David Rieff
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : The Library of America, [2013] ©2013
Series: Library of America, 246.
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With the publication of her first book, Against Interpretation, in 1966, Susan Sontag placed herself at the forefront of an era of cultural and political transformation. "What is important now," she wrote, "is to recover our senses ... In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art." She would remain a catalyzing presence, whether writing about camp sensibility, the films of Jean-Luc Godard and Alain Resnais,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: American essays
History
Named Person: Susan Sontag
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Sontag; David Rieff
ISBN: 9781598532555 1598532553
OCLC Number: 830367647
Description: viii, 875 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Against interpretation and other essays (1966). 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 Lukács ; 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 --
Styles of radical will (1969). The Aesthetics of Silence ; The Pornographic Imagination ; "Thinking Against Oneself" : Reflections on Cioran ; Theatre and Film ; Bergman's Persona ; Godard ; What's Happening in America (1966) ; Trip to Hanoi --
On photography (1977). In Plato's Cave ; America, Seen Through Photographs, Darkly ; Melancholy Objects ; The Heroism of Vision ; Photographic Evangels ; The Image-World ; A Brief Anthology of Quotations --
Illness as metaphor (1978) --
Uncollected essays. William Burroughs and the novel ; The double standard of aging ; The third world of women ; Francis Bacon : "About being in pain" ; A woman's beauty : put-down or power source? ; Beauty : how will it change next?
Series Title: Library of America, 246.
Other Titles: Essays.
Essays of the 1960s and 1970s
Susan Sontag, essays of the 1960s and 70s
Sontag, essays of the 1960s & 70s
Responsibility: Susan Sontag ; David Rieff, editor.
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With the publication of her first book, Against Interpretation, in 1966, Susan Sontag placed herself at the forefront of an era of cultural and political transformation. "What is important now," she wrote, "is to recover our senses ... In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art." She would remain a catalyzing presence, whether writing about camp sensibility, the films of Jean-Luc Godard and Alain Resnais, her experiences as a traveler to Hanoi at the height of the Vietnam War, the aesthetics of science-fiction and pornography, or a range of modern thinkers from Simone Weil to E.M. Cioran. She opened dazzling new perspectives on any subject she addressed, whether the nature of photography or cultural attitudes toward illness. This volume, edited by Sontag's son David Rieff, presents the full texts of four essential books: Against Interpretation, Styles of Radical Will (1969), On Photography (1977), and Illness as Metaphor (1978). Also here as a special feature are six previously uncollected essays including studies of William S. Burroughs and the painter Francis Bacon and a series of reflections on beauty, aging, and the emerging feminist movement.

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