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Backlooping: Life in a Revisionary Enclave

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/9780823230303.003.0021
Backlooping: Life in a Revisionary Enclave

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When Harry Berger was writing The Allegorical Temper in the early 1950s, he meant the pun in the title to refer both to the “temper” or attitude attributed to Edmund Spenser at the time and to the way The Faerie Queene tempered or critiqued that temper. Readers encounter turmoil by letting themselves fall through the rabbit hole from the sign/referent surface of discourse into the textual underground, where semiosis is physis and where, within the sign, signifiers and signifieds continuously uncouple, recouple, and proliferate. Once there, the reader shrinks into a tiny figure and the textual underbrush expands to an intemperate tangle of rhizomes. The new organization of life into cyber communities made everything faster and more accessible. It is no substitute for talking and touching face-to-face.

Keywords: The Allegorical Temper; Harry Berger; temper; physis; semiosis; cyber communities; Edmund Spenser; The Faerie Queene

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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