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Resisting AllegoryInterpretive Delirium in Spenser's Faerie Queene$
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Harry Berger and David Lee Miller

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823285631

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823285631.001.0001

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Wring Out the Old: Squeezing the Text, 1951–2001

Wring Out the Old: Squeezing the Text, 1951–2001

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(p.143) Chapter 3 Wring Out the Old: Squeezing the Text, 1951–2001
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Resisting Allegory
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Harry Berger Jr.

, David Lee Miller
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823285631.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the Bower of Bliss episode in Book 2, arguing that we should read it primarily as a “textual place.” Doing so enables us to deconstruct the witch Acrasia and her ally Phaedria as projections of misogyny and repressed masculine desire subject to the logic of the “castration principle.”

Keywords:   Acrasia, Bower of Bliss, castration, misogyny, Phaedria

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