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In this chapter I look at Bess McNeill, the central character in Lars von Trier’s film Breaking the Waves, arguing that she demonstrates a way to resist interpellation. Because Bess speaks not just as herself but as God, she reveals a way to take advantage of the multiplicity and anarchism of each subject, giving voice to another self that lives within her borders and thus making herself unavailable to being colonized by a single interpellating form of subjectivity. The fact that this other self is God is particularly powerful because, as Judith Butler shows, even for a secularist like...

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