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The Seminal and the Inimitable: An Adventure in Harryland

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/9780823230303.003.0018
The Seminal and the Inimitable: An Adventure in Harryland

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The principal activities that constitute our communal performance are reading and writing, and occasionally reading aloud to each other what we have written. Situated Utterances is similar in construction and themes to Harry Berger's earlier collection, Making Trifles of Terrors. The shuttling between document and text practiced by the “Old Reconstructed New Critic” produces something that resembles a usefully demystified version of Paul de Man's “allegories of reading.” In the concluding chapter of Situated Utterances, Berger again considers the performativity of literary representations of misogyny. Making a useful distinction between “gynephobia of sex,” that is the “fear of emasculation or infantilization, fear of the woman outside the man,” and “gynephobia of gender,” or “fear of effeminization, fear of the woman inside the man.”

Keywords: Harry Berger; Situated Utterances; Paul de Man; misogyny; woman; man; effeminization; fear; gynephobia; emasculation

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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