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The Bond of the Furthest Apart

Essays on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Bresson, and Kafka

Sharon Cameron

The Bond of the Furthest Apart

Sharon Cameron

320 pages | 75 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226414065 Published April 2017
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780226413907 Published April 2017
E-book $10.00 to $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226414232 Published April 2017
In the French filmmaker Robert Bresson’s cinematography, the linkage of fragmented, dissimilar images challenges our assumption that we know either what things are in themselves or the infinite ways in which they are entangled. The “bond” of Sharon Cameron’s title refers to the astonishing connections found both within Bresson’s films and across literary works by Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Kafka, whose visionary rethinkings of experience are akin to Bresson’s in their resistance to all forms of abstraction and classification that segregate aspects of reality. 

Whether exploring Bresson’s efforts to reassess the limits of human reason and will, Dostoevsky’s subversions of Christian conventions, Tolstoy’s incompatible beliefs about death, or Kafka’s focus on creatures neither human nor animal, Cameron illuminates how the repeated juxtaposition of disparate, even antithetical, phenomena carves out new approaches to defining the essence of being, one where the very nature of fixed categories is brought into question. An innovative look at a classic French auteur and three giants of European literature, The Bond of the Furthest Apart will interest scholars of literature, film, ethics, aesthetics, and anyone drawn to an experimental venture in critical thought.
Contents
List of Abbreviations

Introduction
1 Animal Sentience: Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar
2 “Outside Christ”: Dostoevsky’s Joy
3 The Sight of Death in Tolstoy
4 Robert Bresson’s Pathos
5 Kafka’s No-Hope Spaces

Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
Review Quotes
Modern Language Notes
"[Cameron] teases out a more tenuous, more originally imagined thread of connections between the filmmaker and the writers. . .poetically imagined. . . .The achievement of this book, with its motley crew of gifted storytellers, is to extract from their art the imaginative resources to think and perceive, at least momentarily, outside blinkering, enculturated categories and ideas. . .Cameron's readings give sensuous form to philosophical concepts."
Comparative Literature
"The enigmatic title of Sharon Cameron’s latest book offers a solution to a very basic problem in comparative literature, namely: when we compare literature across differences and find affinities we feel compelled to use materialist historicism, network analysis, and other narratives of circulation and synthesis to demonstrate the transmission of influence or else explain such coincidences as a parallel efflorescence. The Bond of the Furthest Apart models a transcendentalist approach to comparative literature anchored in Emerson’s notion of impersonal intimacy, its hermeneutics carried over and intensified from her two earlier books. . . .The Bond repeatedly enlists comparison to the mystery of experience—first as something that is not really yours, then as something whose integrity depends on your not readily associating it with anything else."
Brian Price, University of Toronto
The Bond of the Furthest Apart is a powerful description of the ethical dimension of aesthetic experience and is in conversation with some of the best work in continental philosophy. It will have a broad appeal across film studies, literary studies, and philosophy.”
Michael Wood, Princeton University
“Original to the point of uniqueness, this is a work of literary and film criticism, but its arguments and insights are fundamentally philosophical. Beneath the vast differences, both within the work of the artists Cameron is so closely studying and between the visions of each of the artists, is a kind of nonconformist unity, a resistance to whatever teaches us to look away, to hide among abstractions, not to see what we are seeing.”
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