In the same vein, Philo of Alexandria interpreted the literal historical narratives of the Hebrew Bible as spiritual paradigms.
Once upon a time say, for Danteit must have been a revolutionary and creative move to design works of art so that they might be experienced on several levels. Interpretation makes art manageable, comformable.
But it created too long a digression for my current purposes, and ultimately proved, I think, irrelevant—see below for why. And, conversely, it is the habit of approaching works of art in order to interpret them that sustains the fancy that there really is such a thing as the content of a work of art.
Like a movie that begins sans credits. The experience and emotions tied to listening to Kid A are like witnessing the stillborn birth of a child while simultaneously having the opportunity to see her play in the afterlife on Imax.
The flight from interpretation seems particularly a feature of modern painting. What the overemphasis on the idea of content entails is the perennial, never consummated project of interpretation.
For Marx, social events like revolutions and wars; for Freud, the events of individual lives like neurotic symptoms and slips of the tongue as well as texts like a dream or a work of art - all are treated as occasions for interpretation.
Away with all duplicates of it, until we again experience more immediately what we have. Thus, interpretation is not as most people assume an absolute value, a gesture of mind situated in some timeless realm of capabilities.
Interpretation assumes that an artwork has content. But the temptation to interpret Marienbad should be resisted. The most celebrated and influential modern doctrines, those of Marx and Freud, actually amount to elaborate systems of hermeneutics, aggressive and impious theories of interpretation.
Is this possible now? Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. At least, I hope not. Sontag goes on to say that Interpretation thus presupposes a discrepancy between the clear meaning of the text and the demands of later readers.
Then, too, there is always something other than content in the cinema to grab hold of, for those who want to analyze.Susan Sontag’s “Against Interpretation,” the most famous example of the “Against ” formula, exemplifies the appeal of this type of essay.
Against Interpretation and Other Essays Quotes (showing of 19) “Today is such a time, when the project of interpretation is largely reactionary, stifling. Like the fumes of the automobile and of heavy industry which befoul the urban atmosphere, the effusion.
Against Interpretation and Other Essays, Susan Sontag Against Interpretation is a collection of essays by Susan Sontag published in It includes some of Sontag's best-known works, including "On Style," and the eponymous essay "Against Interpretation."/5.
The essay in question is “Against Interpretation,” which appeared in the same titled collection of essays, Against Interpretation. 1 My aim here is to moderate what appears to be an unabated call to arms against interpretation in art by situating the piece within its historical context.
Against interpretation, and other essays. [Susan Sontag] -- From the publisher. First published inthis celebrated book -- Sontag's first collection of essays -- quickly became a modern classic, and has had an enormous influence in America and abroad on.
Against Interpretation was Susan Sontag's first collection of essays and is a modern classic.
Originally published init has never gone out of print and has influenced generations of readers all over the world/5(34).Download