‘Human no like smart ape’: figuring the ape as legal person in Rise of the Planet of the Apes

@article{Hamilton2016HumanNL,
  title={‘Human no like smart ape’: figuring the ape as legal person in Rise of the Planet of the Apes},
  author={Sheryl N. Hamilton},
  journal={Law and Humanities},
  year={2016},
  volume={10},
  pages={300 - 321}
}
This article reads the film Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) in the context of popular and legal debates about great ape personhood in order to explore two foundational limits in law's vision of the person. More specifically it explores the figuration of the film's chimpanzee protagonist, Caesar. First, Caesar's ‘becoming person’ within the narrative demonstrates that rather than a natural, teleological outcome or a benevolent gift from an enlightened sovereign, the status of legal person… 
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