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Susan Wolf and Christopher Grau

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195384512

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384512.001.0001

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Grizzly Man, Sentimentality, and Our Relationships With Other Animals

Grizzly Man, Sentimentality, and Our Relationships With Other Animals

(p.15) 1 Grizzly Man, Sentimentality, and Our Relationships With Other Animals
Understanding Love

Macalester Bell

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Many people take themselves to enjoy a deep and profoundly important relationship with their companion animals. Yet there is an old, but persistent, strand of thought that is skeptical about the very possibility of human-animal friendship. What then should we think about our personal relationships with other animals? Are they always spoiled by sentimentality? If so, why is this problematic? Bell takes up these questions by considering how certain aspects of human-animal relations are portrayed in Werner Herzog’s documentary Grizzly Man. While some human-animal relationships may well be marred by sentimental projections, she argues that this does not preclude the possibility of genuine friendship between human beings and non-human animals.

Keywords:   Werner Herzog, Grizzly Man, Friendship, Animals, Sentimentality

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