Equine Fictions: Human–Horse Relationships in Twenty-First-Century Writing

This innovative volume approaches the intriguing relationship between humans and horses in 21st-century Anglophone fiction and autobiography from the perspectives of affect and politics. It addresses the strong emotional power attached to the human-horse bond, and contextualizes horse narratives within debates concerning identity and its politics. The in-depth analysis deals with topics such as the intertwinement of humans and animals, healing, mourning, and nostalgia in horse narratives, and the formation of gendered and national identities. The volume pays particular attention to life writing by Susan Richards, Rupert Isaacson, and Buck Brannaman, fiction by Gillian Mears and Jane Smiley, and Follyfoot fanfiction. Because of its focus on narratives telling of today’s human-horse encounters and its explicit attention to diverse textual forms, this book represents a unique contribution to the study of human-horse encounters in contemporary writing, and will be of particular use to scholars working in human-animal studies, Anglophone literature, and American studies.


Jopi Nyman is currently Vice-Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies and Professor of English at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu campus. He is the author of more than 20 books on literary and cultural studies, including Memory, Displacement, and Travel in Contemporary Migrant Writing (2017), and the co-editor of the collections Affect, Space and Animals (2016), Ethnic and Racial Identities in the Media (2016), and Mobile Narratives: Travel, Migration and Transculturation (2016). He holds doctoral degrees in both English and Sociology from the University of Joensuu, Finland. His current research interests deal with transcultural literary studies, border studies, and human-animal studies. He is also an Executive Board Member and Program Chair of the Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies in Europe and the Americas (MESEA).

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ISBN: 1-5275-3226-7

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-3226-7

Release Date: 16th April 2019

Pages: 174

Price: £58.99

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