Bergerama: New Critical and Poststructural Theory in the Work of Harry Berger, Jr.

Nina Levine and David Lee Miller

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Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230303
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241071 | DOI:
Bergerama: New Critical and Poststructural Theory in the Work of Harry Berger, Jr.

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The term “Bergerama” was coined by one of Harry's most successful graduate students, John Wilkes, now emeritus director and the founder of the science writing program at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Harry draws these postulates from multiple sources, so they summarize not just Cleanth Brooks but the collective thought of the entire New Critical movement. A major advantage of his cube or graph is the insight it provides into poststructural or postformalist literary criticism, which systematically sets out to undermine all six postulates. Harry himself nevertheless “floated free” from the deconstructionist phase of American poststructural criticism, for while he was all for textualité, he never wholly subscribed to Barthes' extreme death-of-the-author or even of the organic text.

Keywords: Bergerama; John Wilkes; postulates; Cleanth Brooks; New Critical movement; literary criticism; textualité; poststructural criticism

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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