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A Touch More RareHarry Berger, Jr., and the Arts of Interpretation$
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Nina Levine and David Lee Miller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230303

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823230303.001.0001

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The Seminal and the Inimitable: An Adventure in Harryland

The Seminal and the Inimitable: An Adventure in Harryland

(p.237) Chapter 17 The Seminal and the Inimitable: An Adventure in Harryland
A Touch More Rare

Nina Levine

David Lee Miller

Fordham University Press

The principal activities that constitute our communal performance are reading and writing, and occasionally reading aloud to each other what we have written. Situated Utterances is similar in construction and themes to Harry Berger's earlier collection, Making Trifles of Terrors. The shuttling between document and text practiced by the “Old Reconstructed New Critic” produces something that resembles a usefully demystified version of Paul de Man's “allegories of reading.” In the concluding chapter of Situated Utterances, Berger again considers the performativity of literary representations of misogyny. Making a useful distinction between “gynephobia of sex,” that is the “fear of emasculation or infantilization, fear of the woman outside the man,” and “gynephobia of gender,” or “fear of effeminization, fear of the woman inside the man.”

Keywords:   Harry Berger, Situated Utterances, Paul de Man, misogyny, woman, man, effeminization, fear, gynephobia, emasculation

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