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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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Thinking Culture, and Beyond

Thinking Culture, and Beyond

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(p.125) Chapter 10 Thinking Culture, and Beyond
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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/9780823230303.003.0011

Harry Berger maintains a strong commitment to the aesthetic throughout his essays on culture and cultural change. The key word in this passage is free. The word draws attention to the ability of art to liberate thinking from cultural values not because culture is constructed but because art is heterotopic. That is, art bears a sense of otherness that can never be exhausted by cultural values or ways of knowing. Berger wants to show how culture, in collusion with authorized worldviews, suspends the initial innovative and transformative act of creation upon which those worldviews are predicated in favor of a reencoded and tamed vision of creation and creator.

Keywords:   Harry Berger, free, culture, values, creation, transformative

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