Susan Sontag: Mind As Passion

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Susan Sontag has been a major figure in American intellectual life for over thirty years. She has consistently broken fresh ground in cultural analysis and provocatively engaged a wide range of socio-political issues. This study provides a critical introduction to her essays and fiction, illustrating how her aesthetic and political concerns are shaped by her role as a public intellectual within the New York tradition. Liam Kennedy presents Sontag as a modernist "writer-intellectual" who has produced a distinctive critical perspective on such diverse subjects as camp, pornographic literature, fascist aesthetics, photography, AIDS and revolution. The book provides a detailed critical analysis of the poetics and politics of Sontag's intellectual generalism. She is presented as a singular interpreter and exponent of high modernist aesthetics who has built a major body of textual work around her strong "sense of an ending", a perspective on late modernist culture which unites her diverse interests and spans her essays and fiction.

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Sontag's writing first surfaced in New York in the early 1960s and her icon status among intellectuals has intensified with the passing of time. However, interest in the author has often eclipsed the reality of actually delving into her body of work. For those readers who remain curious about Sontag's critical stance, Kennedy's study does an admirable job of setting forth and interpreting ideas that reappear in her essays and books. From "Notes on Camp," which appeared in the acclaimed volume Against Interpretation, to her recent novel, The Volcano Lover, Kennedy writes with an illuminating clarity as he explores Sontag's formidable commentaries and layered fictional narratives. Alice Joyce

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Editore: Manchester Univ Pr (1995)
ISBN 10: 0719037859 ISBN 13: 9780719037856
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Descrizione libro Manchester Univ Pr, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0719037859

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