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Susan Sontag
(1933-2004) born on
Jan 16
US author, critic. She was one of the most influential contemporary American critics, utilizing new sensibility to evaluate art.
         
   
F
American "energy." . . is the energy of violence, of free-floating resentment and anxiety unleashed by chronic cultural dislocations which must be, for the most part, ferociously sublimated. This energy has mainly been sublimated into crude materialism.

R
Anthropology has always struggled with an intense, fascinated repulsion towards its subject. . . . [The anthropologist] submits himself to the exotic to confirm his own inner alienation as an urban intellectual.
A
AIDS occupies such a large part in our awareness because of what it has been taken to represent. It seems the very model of all the catastrophes privileged populations feel await them.
N
Any important disease whose causality is murky, and for which treatment is ineffectual, tends to be awash in significance.
K
Cancer patients are lied to, not just because the disease is (or is thought to be) a death sentence, but because it is felt to be obscene -- in the original meaning of that word: ill-omened, abominable, repugnant to the senses.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "What's Happening in America (1966)," in Partisan Review (New Brunswick, N.J., Winter 1967; repr. in Styles of Radical Will, 1969).
R: Quoted in: Neville Dyson-Hudson, "Structure and Infrastructure in Primitive Society" (published in The Structuralist Controversy, ed. by R. Macksey and E. Donato, 1970).
A: "AIDS and Its Metaphors," ch. 8, 1989.
N: "Illness As Metaphor," ch. 8, 1978.
K: "Illness As Metaphor," ch. 1, 1978.
   


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