SONTAG, SUSAN

SONTAG, SUSAN
SONTAG, SUSAN (1933–2004), U.S. critic and author. Born in New York City, Susan Sontag taught philosophy and aesthetics at the City College of New York, Sarah Lawrence College, and from 1961 to 1965 at Columbia University. Her first novel, The Benefactor, was published in 1963, but her reputation grew largely from her literary criticism, which appeared throughout the 1960s in a number of journals and was collected in Against Interpretation (1966) and Styles of Radical Will (1969). Consciously avant-gardist, it argued for a purely formalistic approach to literary values, while at the same time seeking to reconcile this position with her left-wing political views. A second novel, Death Kit (1967), was concerned, like her first, with the relation between illusion and reality. She also wrote and directed a movie, Duet for Cannibals (1969). Later works include plays, among them Alice in Bed: A Play in Eight Scenes (1993). In addition to stories and essays, Sontag has written books that include the 1992 novel The Volcano Lover: A Romance. A selection of her writings was collected in the 1982 A Susan Sontag Reader. In her capacity as literary critic she has edited Antonin Artaud: Selected Writings (1988) and A Barthes Reader (1982). Her reflection on the relationships amongst photography, history, and perception, On Photography, appeared in 1977. Her own battle with cancer led her to write Illness as Metaphor (1978), followed in 1989 with a complementary study, Aids and Its Metaphors. In 2000, her sweeping novel of late 19th century America, and the fortunes of Maryna Zalezowska, was published with the title In America: A Novel. It received the National Book Award. Conversations with Susan Sontag, edited by Leland Pogue, appeared in 1995. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Sontag has been the recipient of many awards including the 1978 American National Book Critics prize. She was created Officier de l'Ordre des Artes et des Lettres in France in 1984. -ADD. BIBLIOGRAPHY: L. Kennedy, Susan Sontag: Mind as Passion (1995); C. Rollyson, Reading Susan Sontag: A Critical Introduction to Her Work (2001); S. Sayres, Susan Sontag: the Elegiac Modernist (1990). (Rohan Saxena and Lewis Fried (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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  • Sontag, Susan — orig. Susan Rosenblatt born Jan. 16, 1933, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Dec. 28, 2004, New York U.S. writer. She studied at the University of Chicago and Harvard University and taught philosophy at several institutions. In the early 1960s she began… …   Universalium

  • Sontag,Susan — Son·tag (sŏnʹtăg ), Susan. Born 1933. American writer noted for her essays on contemporary culture, especially those contained in Against Interpretation (1966). * * * …   Universalium

  • Sontag, Susan — ► (1933 2004) Escritora estadounidense y directora cinematográfica. Autora de El benefactor (1963) y En América (1996), etc. Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras 2003. * * * orig. Susan Rosenblatt (16 ene. 1933, Nueva York, N.Y., EE.UU–28… …   Enciclopedia Universal

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  • Susan Rosenblatt — Susan Sontag (* 16. Januar 1933 in New York; † 28. Dezember 2004 ebenda) war eine US amerikanische Schriftstellerin, Essayistin, Publizistin und Regisseurin. Sie war bekannt für ihren Einsatz für Menschenrechte sowie als Kritikerin der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Susan Sontag — (Nueva York, Estados Unidos, 16 de enero de 1933 ibídem, 28 de diciembre de 2004) fue una novelista y ensayista estadounidense. Aunque se dedicó principalmente a su carrera literaria y ensayística, ejerció la docencia y dirigió películas y obras… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Susan Sontag — Infobox Writer name = Susan Sontag |thumb|right imagesize = 200px caption = pseudonym = birthdate = Birth date|1933|1|16|mf=y birthplace = New York City, New York deathdate = Death date and age|2004|12|28|1933|1|16|mf=y deathplace = New York City …   Wikipedia

  • Susan Sontag — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Sontag. Susan Sontag Nom de naissance Susan Rosenblatt Activités Essayiste, romancière Naissance 16 janvier 1933 New York …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Susan Sontag — noun United States writer (born in 1933) • Syn: ↑Sontag • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author * * * Susan Sontag [Susan Sontag] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Susan — /sooh zeuhn/, n. a female given name, form of Susanna or Susannah. * * * (as used in expressions) Anthony Susan Brownell Bell Burnell Susan Jocelyn Susan Jocelyn Bell black eyed Susan Byatt Antonia Susan Antonia Susan Drabble Sarandon Susan Susan …   Universalium

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