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By Nina Levine, David Lee Miller

ISBN-10: 0823230309

ISBN-13: 9780823230303

Harry Berger, Jr., has lengthy been one in every of our so much respected and revered literary and cultural critics. because the overdue nineties, a flow of exceptional and cutting edge courses have proven how very huge his pursuits are, relocating from Shakespeare to baroque portray, to Plato, to theories of early culture.In this quantity a exclusive team of students gathers to have a good time the paintings of Harry Berger, Jr. To celebrate,in Berger's phrases, is to go to whatever both in nice numbers otherwise frequently-to depart and are available again, depart and are available again, depart and are available again. Celebrating is what you do the second one or 3rd time round, yet now not the 1st. To rejoice is to revisit. To revisit is to revise. occasion is the eureka of revision.Not in basic terms former scholars yet distinctive colleagues and students come jointly in those pages to find Berger's eurekas-to revisit the rigor and originality of his feedback, and infrequently to revise its conclusions, throughout the enjoyment of strenuous engagement. Nineteen essays on Berger's Shakespeare, his Spenser, his Plato, and his Rembrandt, on his theories of interpretation and cultural swap and at the ethos of his severe and pedagogical kinds, open new methods to the brilliant ongoing physique of labor authored through Berger. An advent by means of the editors and an afterword by way of Berger himself position this competition of interpretation within the context of Berger's highbrow improvement and the reception of his paintings from the mid-twentieth century into the 1st decade of the twenty-first.

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Others—and, again, these might be scholarly publications or actual performances—were radicalizing Shakespeare into being ‘‘our contemporary’’; that is, if one understood the contemporary as disillusioned, absurdist, and nihilistic. Either way, Leonard Barkan 17 Shakespeare was being understood as needing to be defined by the frame of theater and not of literary criticism. Meanwhile, there were the beginnings of an equivalent pedagogical revolution. I used to visit sessions at MLA that no sensible person would attend, where we heard about triumphant experiments of seizing poor hapless students from their seats in lecture halls—guilty creatures sitting at a play—and making them get up and recite Cordelia or Enobarbus.

Indeed, Harry’s work is the most sustained, broadest, most energetic, and at the same time most beneficent critical conversation in the whole of our field. To listen in as he probes the work of his colleagues— and not just the famous ones—and to observe the dialectic of his own 22 Enlisting in Harry Berger’s Imaginary Forces thinking as it emerges from these rigorous yet beatific cross-examinations is to observe a mental world where personhood is powerful, democratic, consensual, and passionately alive and well.

But it didn’t work for me, as witnessed by the fact that after a couple of years I had produced only that one article. Now we get to Harry. In a series of essays, such as ‘‘Text and Performance in Shakespeare: The Example of Macbeth’’ and ‘‘A Textual Dramaturgy: Representing the Limits of Theater in Richard II,’’ first published during the eighties, Harry managed to cut through the whole Gordian knot that had paralyzed my thinking (though I paid no attention, having gone on to other problems that I thought I could solve).

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