NABOKV-L post 0007325, Tue, 31 Dec 2002 16:22:16 -0800

Fw: Susan Sontag, camp, and Nabokov
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From: "Susan Elizabeth Sweeney" <>
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> Something else these writers have in common: Andrew Field alludes to both
in his novel Fractions.
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> EDNOTE. Susan Sontag has introduced VN at least once and spoken well of
> writing elsewhere. If VN has spoken of SS, I do not recall it. I would
> that any linkage of their names is that SS's "camp" essay and book
> Interpretation_ made a splash in the sixties when VN was among the most
> heard names on the American literary scene.
> From: <>
> I am trying to find the most accurate Russian translation/equivalent
> for the
> word "sensibility" as it's been used in Susan Sontag's essay Notes on
> "Camp."
> I know all the options our dictionaries provide, and I hope I
> understand, albeit somewhat vaguely, what Susan Sontag had in mind. The
> is a key term for the essay, so it would be great to hear the experts'
> opinion(s).
> I am sure that many of my fellow Nabokovians know Susan Sontag and this
> particular essay (Notes on "Camp"). To refresh their memory, I include the
> first 1.5 paragraph of it here:
> "Many things in the world have not been named; and many things, even if
> they have been named, have never been described. One of these is the
> sensibility -- unmistakably modern, a variant of sophistication but
> identical with it -- that goes by the cult name of "Camp."
> A sensibility (as distinct from an idea) is one of the hardest things to
> talk about..."
> Actually, when you come to think about it, these two subjects
> (Nabokov and "Camp") do not look completely unrelated. I may be wrong,
> to my taste it could ignite a fruitful discussion.
> Victoria
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