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Equestrian Cultures: Horses, Human Society, and the Discourse of Modernity

Kristen Guest and Monica Mattfeld


The horse occupies a distinctive role in studies of animal-human relations. Horses are often identified with human capabilities, such as intelligence and emotional sensitivity, as well as abstract qualities such as nobility and honor, and the horse offers a unique framework for how to think about the formation of human identity—they have long shaped human culture in real and symbolic terms. Equine Cultures explores the role and representation of horses in human culture from 1700 to the present. Most scholarship on horses as they relate to humans deals with the pre-1700 era; Equestrian Cultures ... More

Keywords: animal-human relations, horses, modernity, identity, equine, representation, animal studies, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226583044
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226589657.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristen Guest, editor
University of Northern British Columbia

Monica Mattfeld, editor
University of Northern British Columbia

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Front Matter

Introduction Equestrian Cultures

Kristen Guest and Monica Mattfeld

Part One Science and Technology

One Machines of Feeling

Monica Mattfeld

Part Two Commodification and Consumption

Five Stabilizing Politics

Magdalena Bayreuther and Christine Rüppell

Six Trading Horses in the Eighteenth Century

Charlotte Carrington-Farmer

Part Three National Identity

End Matter