By Joseph P. Natoli
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The merit of these works lies elsewhere than in their 'meanings'" (Sontag 1966, 19). What we have in Son-tag is a plea for sensuousness"In place of a hermeneutics of art we need an erotics of art" (Sontag 1966, 23) and an extreme formalism: "What matters in Marienbad is the pure, untranslatable, sensuous immediacy of some of its images, and its rigorous if narrow solutions to certain problems of cinematic form'' (Sontag 1966, 19). For Sontag, then, Postmodernism is characterized by "a flight from interpretation; and that aversion against interpretation gives rise to certain parodic, abstract, or decorative forms, all defying interpretation.
Fiedler's anti-Modernism is shared by Sontag, who is as averse to "meanings" as he is. As she puts it in "Against Interpretation," "It doesn't matter whether artists intend, or don't intend, for their < previous page page_31 If you like this book, buy it! html6/19/2010 2:53:39 PM next page > page_32 < previous page page_32 next page > Page 32 works to be interpreted . . the merit of these works lies elsewhere than in their 'meanings'" (Sontag 1966, 19). What we have in Son-tag is a plea for sensuousness"In place of a hermeneutics of art we need an erotics of art" (Sontag 1966, 23) and an extreme formalism: "What matters in Marienbad is the pure, untranslatable, sensuous immediacy of some of its images, and its rigorous if narrow solutions to certain problems of cinematic form'' (Sontag 1966, 19).
A Postmodern Reader by Joseph P. Natoli