Against Interpretation and Other Essays by Susan Sontag
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New York. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 1969. First Edition. Fourth Printing. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Jacket Condition: Fine, slight fading over time. 304pp.
Published in 1969, this volume presents a selection of Sontag's most influential writing published between 1961 and 1965. Brought together here are those essays that had become infamous as much for their critical wit as their tendency for leading to sometimes scathing misinterpretation, including "Notes on 'Camp,'" "On Style," and the title essay, "Against Interpretation," among many others. Notably, Sontag shined a critical light on figures that bent the lines of text and identity in ways that underlined her queerness and defiance for the status quo; notably Simone Weil, Roland Barthes, Brecht, Sartre, Godard, and others in the literary, psychoanalytic, theatre, film, and "Happenings" scenes. At the point in her career this volume appeared, it was an explosion of a voice that could be recognized in all of us, being invited to speak up.
Author Photo by Peter Hujar.
Jacket Design by Ellen Raskin.