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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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Harry Berger's Genius: Porting Pleasure in the Bower of Bliss

Harry Berger's Genius: Porting Pleasure 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/9780823230303.003.0008

Genius's semblaunce is something that is pleasing but does not please, obviously makes him one of the usual suspects for what Berger calls the “conspicuous irrelevance” of a mismatched trope. If pleasure has no meaning, if we cannot read pleasure, then it holds no danger for the reader who successfully imitates this Genius. Even when we consider all of the textual genealogy attached to Genius, from the Roman de la Rose to Conti's Mythologies, we cannot bring this vehicle to a tropological destination, an Idea that pins Genius in place.

Keywords:   Genius, Berger, conspicuous irrelevance, Mythologies, tropological destination, mismatched trope

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