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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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Taking Another Peek

Taking Another Peek

(p.104) Chapter 8 Taking Another Peek
A Touch More Rare

Nina Levine

David Lee Miller

Fordham University Press

In responding to Harry Berger's reading of the Bower of Bliss, the author combines homage to Harry with Harry-inspired insubordination as she shifts her primary attention away from the Bower of Bliss and questions Harry's identification of the gynephobia showcased by the episode as the fundamental drive animating the discourse of Book Two of The Faerie Queene. Looking at Book Two of The Faerie Queene through the prism of Christianity and religious history puts issues of gender ideology and the voluptuousness of the Bower of Bliss into a context quite different from the usual.

Keywords:   Harry Berger, Bower of Bliss, gynephobia, The Faerie Queene, Christianity, religious history, gender ideology

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