“Honest English Breed”: The Thoroughbred as Cultural Metaphor

  • Richard Nash
Part of the Early Modern Cultural Studies book series (EMCSS)


Persistent debates in science studies between constructivist and realist accounts of knowledge claims have for some time been seeking a productive alternative to the rhetorical impasse of naive realist and radical relativist articulations.1 Seeking to negotiate the shifting terrain between these poles, theorists have increasingly been focused on material-discursive models of agency that refuse to privilege one set of commitments over the other, but instead engage equally with both. Engaging with these models of agency, I want to focus attention on the particularly powerful and compelling trope of the Thoroughbred racehorse in early modern cultural formation, and attend to its various significations.


Eighteenth Century Seventeenth Century Actor Network Theory Thoroughbred Horse National Sport 
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