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Neither God nor MasterRobert Bresson and Radical Politics$
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Brian Price

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816654611

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816654611.001.0001

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Man and Animal, Master and Servant

Man and Animal, Master and Servant

Au hasard Balthazar and Mouchette

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Neither God nor Master

Brian Price

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the problem of categorization, especially as it pertains to questions of domination—to what “man” must understand animal to be in order to dominate it, and what types of humans can be understood as animal expressly for the sake of confinement. It reviews Bresson’s two films about animals, Au hasard Balthazar and Mouchette, in which Bresson’s concern with language and domination is redirected toward a consideration of the relation between man and animal. The distinction between man and animal has been productive for the logic of captivity, describing the criminal in the likeness of an animal as an animal.

Keywords:   categorization, domination, Au hasard Balthazar, Mouchette, language, captivity

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