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The realization that religion does not operate in straightforwardly logical fashion--and, therefore, that construing it as such actually misconstrues it--as not yet made a significant impact in contemporary academic philosophy.
But by repeatedly misgendering Bal as "him" in her commentary, Gabler-Hover does more than simply misinterpret an admittedly ambiguous name, she misconstrues the strong feminist agenda inherent to Bal's methodologies which unconventionally seek free play between verbal and figural domains.
The episode of the NBC sitcom will have Pierce's character auditing Caroline's tax returns with such a friendly attitude that she misconstrues his behavior as amorous interest.
Reducing its currents of irrationality and poetry to a tidy allegory of Vietnam ("destroying the city in order to save it"), Slotkin pointedly misconstrues the central, defining gesture in the picture: that frozen moment when the vastly outgunned Bunch find themselves in a stand-off with the Mexican army, then gleefully open fire, he interprets as a strategic miscalculation--a failure to understand Third World political culture--rather than the spasm of self-destructive bravado Peckinpah intended.