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When done indiscriminately the films in question begin to look alike, and the process reveals more about the critic … As the name suggests, the essay is all about Susan’s idea of what interpretation is, and why she’s against it. It is included in her 1966 collection Against Interpretation and Other Essays. The chief commodity of Susan Sontag's Against Interpretation, according to its author and her reviewers, is a modern sensibility.Stress the modernity here, since she is distinguished less by a decided or passionate point of view (compare her as a film critic, for example, with two such disparate personalities as James Agee and Kenneth Tynan) than by an eagerness to explore anything new. 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By interpretation, I mean here a conscious act of the mind which illustrates a certain code, certain "rules" of interpretation. .unifiedLocationMobileButton{margin-left:0!important;margin-right:0!important}li #unifiedLocationCountrySelectionLink .a-box-inner{padding:0}.unifiedLocationMarginLeftClass{margin-left:10px}.ddm-cust-addr-btn .a-button-inner{background:#fff}.ddm-cust-addr-btn.a-button-small .a-button-text{font-size:13px}.ddm-cust-addr-btn:hover{border-color:#e47911}.ddm-cust-addr-btn:hover .a-button-inner{background:#fefaf6}.ddm-country-select{padding:2px}.ddm-sbr-undeliverable-alert{color:#d00000;font-weight:700}#ftMessage b,#ftMessage strong{color:#333}#ftMessage #ftCountdown,#ftMessage b a:link{font-weight:700!important}#ftMessage span.rddTitle{color:#090;font-weight:700} We must be careful not to read this to mean that form is more important than content. . . Susan Sontag’s fame was always paradoxical. In order to describe Leonora’s gestures I have had to interpret them. Susan Sontag. Susan Sontag was born in Manhattan in 1933 and studied at the universities of Chicago, Harvard and Oxford. Susan Sontag, in “Against Interpretation,” takes a very interesting critical standpoint on the idea of literary interpretation. Susan Sontag (/ ˈ s ɒ n t æ ɡ /; January 16, 1933 – December 28, 2004) was an American writer, filmmaker, philosopher, teacher, and political activist. Year: 2013. On at least one occasion, Sontag allows her Francophilia to cloud her judgement. What, then, does Sontag mean by “interpretation”? Language: As Sontag points out, hermeneutics, the theory of interpretation, was originally applied specifically to the biblical text, but since the 19th century has been applied to literature and art as well. Today, by contrast, I sense many of us no longer approach modern art and philosophy with any attempt at all to seriously engage with it. 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