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Animal StoriesNarrating across Species Lines$
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Susan McHugh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670321

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670321.001.0001

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Velvet Revolutions: Girl–Horse Stories

Velvet Revolutions: Girl–Horse Stories

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(p.65) Chapter 2 Velvet Revolutions: Girl–Horse Stories
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Animal Stories
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Susan McHugh

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670321.003.0003

This chapter presents Enid Bagnold’s novel National Velvet, or The Slaughterer’s Daughter, to describe how girl–horse relations became distinctly sexualized and infantilized. The story discusses a broad cultural history of equestriennes and technological developments, and explains the different aspects of human identity in the context of cross species intimacies. Explicit film and other visual media endanger the emergence of modern forms of human–animal relationships that reveals how cross-species companionship may resist threats of violence and inform issues of professional management.

Keywords:   Enid Bagnold, equestriennes, cross-species intimacies, human–animal relationships, cross-species companionship

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