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Against interpretation

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Sontag, S. (2009). Against interpretation. In Sontag, S. Against Interpretation and Other Essays. Penguin Classics, pp. 3-8

imitation, especially imitative representation of the real world in art and literature

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The earliest theory of art, that of the Greek philosophers, proposed that art was mimesis, imitation of reality.

—p.3 by Susan Sontag
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The earliest theory of art, that of the Greek philosophers, proposed that art was mimesis, imitation of reality.

—p.3 by Susan Sontag
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3 years, 7 months ago

the theory and methodology of interpretation, especially the interpretation of biblical texts, wisdom literature, and philosophical texts

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The most celebrated and influential modern doctrines, those of Marx and Freud, actually amount of elaborate systems of hermeneutics, aggressive and impious theories of interpretation.

—p.6 by Susan Sontag
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3 years, 7 months ago

The most celebrated and influential modern doctrines, those of Marx and Freud, actually amount of elaborate systems of hermeneutics, aggressive and impious theories of interpretation.

—p.6 by Susan Sontag
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3 years, 7 months ago

(adjective) of, relating to, or constituting a portent / (adjective) eliciting amazement or wonder; prodigious / (adjective) being a grave or serious matter / (adjective) self-consciously solemn or important; pompous / (adjective) ponderously excessive

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the extent that Williams' plays and Cocteau's films do suggest these portentous meanings

—p.9 by Susan Sontag
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the extent that Williams' plays and Cocteau's films do suggest these portentous meanings

—p.9 by Susan Sontag
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3 years, 7 months ago
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It is always the case that interpretation of this type indicates a dissatisfaction (conscious or unconscious) with the work, a wish to replace it by something else.

Interpretation, based on the highly dubious theory that a work of art is composed of items of content, violates art. It makes art into an article for use, for arrangement into a mental scheme of categories.

Freudian, etc

—p.10 by Susan Sontag 3 years, 7 months ago

It is always the case that interpretation of this type indicates a dissatisfaction (conscious or unconscious) with the work, a wish to replace it by something else.

Interpretation, based on the highly dubious theory that a work of art is composed of items of content, violates art. It makes art into an article for use, for arrangement into a mental scheme of categories.

Freudian, etc

—p.10 by Susan Sontag 3 years, 7 months ago

the theory and methodology of interpretation, especially the interpretation of biblical texts, wisdom literature, and philosophical texts

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In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art.

it's a nice-sounding sentence though i'm not sure I'm convinced here

—p.14 by Susan Sontag
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3 years, 7 months ago

In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art.

it's a nice-sounding sentence though i'm not sure I'm convinced here

—p.14 by Susan Sontag
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3 years, 7 months ago