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Susan Sontag: Mind as Passion Liam Kennedy

Susan Sontag: Mind as Passion

Liam Kennedy

Published January 1st 1997
ISBN : 9780719037863
Paperback
208 pages
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 About the Book 

Susan Sontag has been a major figure in American intellectual life for over thirty years. Her provocative and exacting writings, engaging a wide range of aesthetic, cultural and political issues, have been the basis of a highly public andMoreSusan Sontag has been a major figure in American intellectual life for over thirty years. Her provocative and exacting writings, engaging a wide range of aesthetic, cultural and political issues, have been the basis of a highly public and controversial intellectual career. This study provides a critical introduction to her essays and fiction, illustrating how her work is 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, illness and revolution. The book provides a detailed critical analysis of the poetics and politics of Sontags intellectual eclecticism. 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.