Taking Another Peek

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:
Taking Another Peek

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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

Chapter.  3783 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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