Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How is the idea of “camp” related to Susan Sontag’s belief that style in art is what is most important?

In what sense was Sontag “against interpretation.” To what kind of interpretation was she opposed?

What happens when illness is made into a metaphor? Why is it dangerous to use a word such as cancer as a metaphor rather than as just the description of a disease?

What ideas in The Volcano Lover correspond to the ideas Sontag wrote about in her essays?

What is Sontag saying about America in her novel In America? What does it mean to be an American and to live in the United States?