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Susan Sontag

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Susan Sontag (January 16, 1933 – December 28, 2004) was an American writer and filmmaker, professor, literary icon, and political activist. Beginning with the publication of her 1964 essay "Notes on 'Camp'", Sontag became an international cultural and intellectual celebrity. Her best known works include On Photography, Against Interpretation, The Way We Live Now, Illness as Metaphor, Regarding the... more »

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  • ''What pornography is really about, ultimately, isn't sex but death.''
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. Originally published in Partisan Review (New Brunswick, NJ, Spring 1967). The Pornographic Imagination, sct. 4,...
  • ''... the place we assign to pornography depends on the goals we set for our own consciousness, our own experience.''
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. "The Pornographic Imagination," (1967).
  • Tamed as it may be, sexuality remains one of the demonic forces in human consciousness—pushing us at intervals close to taboo and dangerous desires, which range from the impulse to commit sudden ...
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "The Pornographic Imagination," sct. 3, Styles of Radical Will (1969).
  • The ratio of authentic literature to trash in pornography may be somewhat lower than the ratio of novels of genuine literary merit to the entire volume of sub-literary fiction produced for mass taste....
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. "The Pornographic Imagination," (1967).
  • ''Pornography is a theatre of types, never of individuals.''
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. "The Pornographic Imagination," (1967).
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