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The Horse in Early Modern English Culture: Bridled, Curbed, and Tamed
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The Horse in Early Modern English Culture: Bridled, Curbed, and Tamed (Hardback)

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Kevin De Ornellas argues that in Renaissance England the relationship between horse and rider works as an unambiguous symbol of domination by the strong over the weak. There was little sentimental concern for animal welfare, leading to the routine abuse of the material animal. This unproblematic, practical exploitation of the horse led to the currency of the horse/rider relationship as a trope or symbol of exploitation in the literature of the period. Engaging with fiction, plays, poems, and non-fictional prose works of late Tudor and early Stuart England, De Ornellas demonstrates that the horse-a bridled, unwilling slave-becomes a yardstick against which the oppression of England's poor, women, increasingly uninfluential clergyman, and deluded gamblers is measured. The status of the bitted, harnessed horse was a low one in early modern England-to be compared to such a beast is a demonstration of inferiority and subjugation. To think anything else is to be naive about the realities of horse management in the period and is to be naive about the realities of the exploitation of horses and other mammals in the present-day world.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800Natural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsHorses & poniesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesPopular culture Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Publication Date: 18/11/2013 ISBN-13: 9781611476583  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Kevin De Ornellas is lecturer of English Renaissance Literature at University of Ulster, Coleraine.

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