The taming of the Bronies: animals, autism and fandom as therapeutic performance

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dc.contributor.author Pramaggiore, Maria
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-30T11:34:50Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-30T11:34:50Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Pramaggiore, M. (2015) 'The taming of the Bronies: animals, autism and fandom as therapeutic performance', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 9. en
dc.identifier.issued 9
dc.identifier.startpage 1
dc.identifier.endpage 17
dc.identifier.issn 2009-4078
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5903
dc.description.abstract In defining and defending the Brony fandom, scholars and journalists emphasise the way these primarily adult male fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic challenge traditional gender norms. These accounts fail to examine the significance of the horse to the Bronies’ bid for non-normative masculinities. This article focuses on the implicitly therapeutic function of the animated equine, reading the fandom’s discourse about itself in two documentaries within the context of a contemporary (and often antifeminist) rhetoric that links adolescent masculinity to forms of disability that are ameliorated through Equine Assisted Therapy. This therapeutic resonance—based on the characteristic movement of horses—is situated within a broader history of cinema and visual culture in which horses have typically been recruited as vehicles of physical and psychic transport. en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Film and Screen Media, University College Cork en
dc.relation.uri http://www.alphavillejournal.com/Issue9/HTML/ArticlePramaggiore.html
dc.rights © 2015, The Author(s) en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Brony en
dc.subject Fandom en
dc.subject Horse en
dc.subject Disability en
dc.subject Equine assisted therapy en
dc.subject Non-normative masculinities en
dc.subject My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic en
dc.title The taming of the Bronies: animals, autism and fandom as therapeutic performance en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Maria Pramaggiore, Maynooth University en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media en
dc.identifier.journalabbrev Alphaville


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