Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Susan Yager

Second Advisor

Susan Yager

Third Advisor

Jane Davis

Abstract

Although horses play many roles in literature, this study will focus on one aspect of equine meaning: the horse as it relates to sex. Certainly, in the western world, the horse has always served as a generic symbol for sexuality and passion, but interestingly, when examples are specific to gender, the image of the horse becomes strikingly different depending on the sex portrayed. For males, the horse mirrors or foils both his heroic status and virility. The greater the hero, the more powerful or magical his mount becomes. For females, the horse mirrors some aspect of herself. The animal reflects a woman's social status, especially in regard to her level of repression or independence. Simply put, the horse, throughout time and across genre, consistently embodies sexuality, and does so differently for males and females.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16552

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Leah Graysmith

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1453136

OCLC Number

237086763

ISBN

9780549542063

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

82 pages

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