Precarious Partners: Horses and Their Humans in Nineteenth-Century France

Author:   Kari Weil
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
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9780226686233


Pages:   240
Publication Date:   23 March 2020
Format:   Hardback
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Precarious Partners: Horses and Their Humans in Nineteenth-Century France


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From the recent spate of equine deaths on racetracks to protests demanding the removal of mounted Confederate soldier statues to the success and appeal of War Horse, there is no question that horses still play a role in our lives--though fewer and fewer of us actually interact with them. In Precarious Partners, Kari Weil takes readers back to a time in France when horses were an inescapable part of daily life. This was a time when horse ownership became an attainable dream not just for soldiers, but also for middle class children; when natural historians argued about animal intelligence; when the prevalence of horse beatings inspired the first animal protection laws; and when the combined magnificence and abuse of these animals inspired artists, writers, and riders alike. Weil traces the evolving partnerships established between French citizens and their horses through this era. She considers the newly designed races of workhorses who carried men from the battlefield to the hippodrome, lugged heavy loads through the boulevards, or who paraded women riders, amazones, in the parks or circus halls--as well as with those unfortunate horses who found their fate on a dinner plate. Moving between literature, painting, natural philosophy, popular cartoons, sport manuals, and tracts of public hygiene, Precarious Partners traces the changing social, political, and emotional relations with these charismatic creatures who straddled conceptions of pet and livestock in nineteenth-century France.

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Author:   Kari Weil
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
Imprint:   University of Chicago Press
ISBN:  

9780226686233


ISBN 10:   022668623
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   23 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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Weil's gentle prose effortlessly unfolds the most complex overlapping of human and equine histories. Her finely detailed research holds our most alert attention in that she demonstrates how equestrian worlds produce intricate formations of race, gender, sexuality, and species within and beyond their ostensible domain. Precarious Partners is intensely readable and leaves the reader wanting to follow its every thread. --Lynn Turner, coeditor of The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies Precarious Partners brilliantly ties horse-human relations to questions of race, gender, class, and species in nineteenth-century France. From 'women on horseback' to pity for horses to the consumption of horsemeat; and from natural history to art history, philosophy, literature, and politics, Weil's wide-ranging and interdisciplinary study makes an outstanding contribution to French studies, cultural history, and animal studies. --Peter Sahlins, author of 1668: The Year of the Animal in France


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Kari Weil is University Professor of Letters at Wesleyan University. She is the author of Thinking Animals: Why Animal Studies Now and Androgyny and the Denial of Difference.

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