Herding Community

Entanglement in Of Horses and Men

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  • Ann Marie McKinnon

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52537/humanimalia.9425

Abstract

The Icelandic horse in the film Of Horses and Men is an individual understood on the basis of what it does, a biosocial becoming in a specific geography, society, and historical moment. The horse is a film actor and an agent and, seen through the visual repetition of the gaze of the horse in the film, offers a clear example of entangled agencies -- a herd of human and non-human animals -- that co-create their Icelandic home. This creaturely gaze emphasizes the relations between human and animal, undoes the conventional anthropocentric bias of the gaze in cinema, and informs an ethics that relies on the materiality and vulnerability of all living bodies.

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Author Biography

Ann Marie McKinnon

Ann McKinnon is Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at Okanagan College in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada on the unceded territory of the Syilx peoples. Her interests are broad and interdisciplinary, having both taught and published in the social sciences and humanities, in feminist and psychoanalytic film theories and, more recently, ecofeminism and animal studies.

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Published

2020-09-10

How to Cite

McKinnon, A. M. (2020). Herding Community: Entanglement in Of Horses and Men. Humanimalia, 12(1), 95–117. https://doi.org/10.52537/humanimalia.9425

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