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Thinking Culture, and Beyond

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/9780823230303.003.0011
Thinking Culture, and Beyond

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Harry Berger maintains a strong commitment to the aesthetic throughout his essays on culture and cultural change. The key word in this passage is free. The word draws attention to the ability of art to liberate thinking from cultural values not because culture is constructed but because art is heterotopic. That is, art bears a sense of otherness that can never be exhausted by cultural values or ways of knowing. Berger wants to show how culture, in collusion with authorized worldviews, suspends the initial innovative and transformative act of creation upon which those worldviews are predicated in favor of a reencoded and tamed vision of creation and creator.

Keywords: Harry Berger; free; culture; values; creation; transformative

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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