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Androcentrism and Acrasian Fantasies in the Bower of Bliss

Judith H. Anderson

in Reading the Allegorical Intertext

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228478
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241125 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823228478.003.0017
Androcentrism and Acrasian Fantasies in the Bower of Bliss

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Harry Berger's “Wring out the Old: Squeezing the Text, 1951–2001” will be a major critique on the Bower of Bliss for years to come and Bower needs to engage its tightly argued analysis of the structural discourse. Berger exposes the working of misogyny as a target of the Bower, and he keeps on insisting that the Bower is tautologically misogynist. Traditions of misogyny are pretty various when factoring in various genres and languages. As Berger put this tradition to Bower, he caused Bower to vanish as a mimetic topos which ensures its continuing power over the mind as a literary topos. Because of the importance of the Bower and Berger's essay to any reading of the The Faerie Queene, some questions are raised in accord with Berger's own critical approach to others' readings.

Keywords: Harry Berger; androcentrism; misogyny; Bower of Bliss; The Faerie Queene

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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