SUSAN SONTAG: ILLNESS AS METAPHOR

2020-04-29T00:31:56+01:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: LANGUAGE, SOCIETY|Tags: |

Two essays by Susan Sontag are devoted to an analysis of myths surrounding paradigmatic diseases of modern times and metaphors that turn physical illnesses into a moral matter and lead to public shaming of their victims.

UPTON SINCLAIR: THE JUNGLE – ESSAY BY RONALD GOTTESMAN

2020-06-28T12:19:27+01:00January 11th, 2020|Categories: LITERATURE, SOCIETY|Tags: , |

As Ronald Gottesman points out in this discerning introduction, Upton Sinclair was a passionate believer in the redemption of mankind through social reform. His expose of the interlocking corruption in American corporate and political life was a major literary event when it was published in 1906, and caused an almost immediate reform in pure-food legislation.

Hannah Arendt: Society and Culture

2019-10-24T22:09:12+01:00October 24th, 2019|Categories: CULTURE, SOCIETY|Tags: |

Hannah Arendt warns that mass culture increasingly utilizes the classics and other genuine works of art, transformed and made digestible, for entertainment. Since the appetites of the entertainment industries are insatiable, they will in time consume the classics, and thereby destroy culture.

La folla, cos’è? – di Pier Paolo Pasolini

2019-09-14T23:29:02+01:00September 14th, 2019|Categories: SOCIETY|Tags: |

Avendo fatto in questi giorni (a Zafferana, in Sicilia, c'era un'atmosfera da linciaggio) esperienza della folla, mi è stato naturale rispondere subito a una lettera, firmata da Massimo Baldini, che mi pone delle domande, appunto, sulla folla (argomento della sua tesi di laurea).

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