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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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Acrasian Fantasies: Outsides, Insides, Upsides, Downsides in the Bower of Bliss

Acrasian Fantasies: Outsides, Insides, Upsides, Downsides in the Bower of Bliss

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(p.77) Chapter 6 Acrasian Fantasies: Outsides, Insides, Upsides, Downsides in the Bower of Bliss
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A Touch More Rare
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Nina Levine

David Lee Miller

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823230303.003.0007

Any serious work on the Bower needs to engage Harry Berger's generously annotated, tightly argued analysis of the structural discourse that constitutes this site. In “Squeezing the Text,” Harry exposes the workings of misogyny as a target — and emphatically not a given — of the Bower. He reads the Spenserian narrative as an instance of “specular tautology,” or self-reflection, which he also understands as an inversion of cause and effect such that the effect is misrecognized as its own cause. In a whimsical, tempting touch at the end of the Bower essay, Harry wonders “what would have happened to Acrasia had the Palmer ‘with his vertuous staffe her strooke’.”

Keywords:   Bower of Bliss, Harry Berger, Squeezing the Text, Spenserian, Acrasia, Palmer, misogyny

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