Living like dogs? Animal life as model and anti-model after the year II
After the 9th Thermidor, the animality that militant radicals had defended as the foundation of a possible human equality and of a social democracy was set aside by the neo-jacobins in favor of a decorous frugality, as well as by the reactionaries in their construction of the « Other » ; the animal represented for them the jacobin, the People, the negation of civilization. This article will show that beginning in Thermidor, there was a dramatization of forms of conduct and dress, and in the way of using one’s voice and one’s body. It is here that the differences are going to play out, the common animality being forgotten.