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The Bond of the Furthest ApartEssays on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Bresson, and Kafka$
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Sharon Cameron

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226413907

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226414232.001.0001

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Animal Sentience: Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar

Animal Sentience: Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar

(p.12) 1 Animal Sentience: Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar
The Bond of the Furthest Apart

Sharon Cameron

University of Chicago Press

This essay examines Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar in which, through the filmic congruence of animal and human bodies, we are made to rethink the meaningfulness of the distinction that separates animal and human forms of embodiment—specifically, we are asked to rethink the roles of reason and will in making us who we are, a reconception that owes a debt to “Apology for Raymond Sebond.” For Montaigne animal communication, which does not depend on speech or even voice, has a human equivalent in involuntary gesture and posture.

Keywords:   Robert Bresson, Au hasard Balthazar, reason, will, Apology for Raymond Sebond, Michel de Montaigne, animal communication, gesture, posture, language

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