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

Nina Levine and David Lee Miller

in A Touch More Rare

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230303
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241071 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823230303.003.0008
Harry Berger's Genius: Porting Pleasure in the Bower of Bliss

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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

Chapter.  5441 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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