Horse Breeds and Human Society: Purity, Identity and the Making of the Modern Horse

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Kristen Guest, Monica Mattfeld
Taylor & Francis Group, 2020 - Nature - 254 pages
"This book demonstrates how horse breeding is entwined with human societies and identities. It explores issues of lineage, purity, status through interconnections between animals and humans. The quest for purity in horse breeding and the acceptance of what constitutes an identifiable horse breed reflect the ways in which human beings remain subject to racialized, gendered, regionalized, and classified categorizations. Since horses make for an apt species to explore these issues, their 'breeds' are viewed as a manifestation of human classist mindset. Focusing on various horse breeds, from the Chincoteague Pony to Brazilian Criolo and the Arabian horse, each chapter carries a leading expert's insights into the ways in which breeding continues to prevail in the worlds of domesticated animals. Bringing together different historical, geographical, and disciplinary perspectives, this book will appeal to academics, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of, human-animal studies, sociology, environmental studies, cultural studies, history and literature"--

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About the author (2020)

Kristen Guest is Professor of English at the University of Northern British Columbia where she teaches Victorian literature. She has edited Anna Sewell's Black Beauty (Broadview Press, 2015) and, in collaboration with Monica Mattfeld, is co-editor of Equestrian Cultures: Horses, Human Society and the Discourse of Modernity (University of Chicago Press, 2019) and a special issue of Humanimalia focusing on breed.

Monica Mattfeld is Assistant Professor of English and History at the University of Northern British Columbia. She is author of Becoming Centaur: Eighteenth-Century Masculinity and English Horsemanship (Penn State University Press, 2017), and she is co-editor with Karen Raber of Performing Animals: History, Agency, Theater (Penn State University Press, 2017) and Equestrian Cultures: Horses, Human Society and the Discourse of Modernity with Kristen Guest. Monica is currently interested in questions of breed, type, and purity in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, along with questions relating to equine performance and nineteenth-century hippodrama.

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