Summary[ edit ] "Against Interpretation" is Sontag's influential essay within Against Interpretation and Other Essays that discusses the divisions between two different kinds of art criticism and theory:
Her father managed a fur trading business in China, where he died of tuberculosis inwhen Susan was five years old. Army Captain Nathan Sontag. Susan and her sister, Judith, took their stepfather's surname, although he did not adopt them formally. She began her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley but transferred to the University of Chicago in admiration of its famed core curriculum.
At Chicago, she undertook studies in philosophy, ancient history and literature alongside her other requirements. She graduated at the age of 18 with an A. The Mind of the Moralist prior to their divorce inand contributed to the book to such an extent that she has been considered an unofficial co-author.
Sontag was awarded an American Association of University Women 's fellowship for the — academic year to St Anne's College, Oxfordwhere she traveled without her husband and son. Hart while also attending the B. Phil seminars of J.
Austin and the lectures of Isaiah Berlin. Oxford did not appeal to her, however, and she transferred after Michaelmas term of to the University of Paris.
Sontag held a writing fellowship at Rutgers University for to before ending her relationship with academia in favor of full-time freelance writing.
Despite a relatively small output, Sontag thought of herself principally as a novelist and writer of fiction. Written in an experimental narrative style, it remains a significant text on the AIDS epidemic.
She achieved late popular success as a best-selling novelist with The Volcano Lover At age 67, Sontag published her final novel In America The last two novels were set in the past, which Sontag said gave her greater freedom to write in the polyphonic voice: My very first thought—I don't think I have ever said this publicly—was that I would propose to FMR a wonderful art magazine published in Italy which has beautiful art reproductions that they reproduce the volcano prints and I write some text to accompany them.
But then I started to adhere to the real story of Lord Hamilton and his wife, and I realized that if I would locate stories in the past, all sorts of inhibitions would drop away, and I could do epic, polyphonic things. I wouldn't just be inside somebody's head. So there was that novel, The Volcano Lover.
Nonfiction[ edit ] It was through her essays that Sontag gained early fame and notoriety.
Sontag wrote frequently about the intersection of high and low art and expanded the dichotomy concept of form and art in every medium. She elevated camp to the status of recognition with her widely read essay " Notes on 'Camp' ", which accepted art as including common, absurd and burlesque themes.Image by David Shankbone, via Wikimedia Commons.
In a classic essay of Joan Didion’s, “Goodbye to All That,” the novelist and writer breaks into her narrative—not . Against Interpretation was Susan Sontag's first collection of essays and is a modern classic.
Originally published in , it has never gone out of print and has influenced generations of readers all over the world/5(7). Against Interpretation is a collection of essays by Susan Sontag published in It includes some of Sontag's best-known works, including "On Style," and the eponymous essay "Against Interpretation.".
The best nonfiction books: No 16 – Against Interpretation by Susan Sontag () The American novelist’s early essays provide the .
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