Bread (Object Lessons)

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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.Bread is an object that is always in process of becoming something else: flower to grain, grain to dough, dough to loaf, loaf to crumb. Bread is also often a figure or vehicle of social cohesion: from the homely image of "breaking bread together" to the mysteries of the Eucharist. But bread also commonly figures in social conflict - sometimes literally, in the "bread riots" that punctuate European history, and sometimes figuratively, in the ways bread operates as ethnic, religious or class signifier. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from the scriptures to modern pop culture, Bread tells the story of how this ancient and everyday object serves as a symbol for both social communion and social exclusion.Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

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ISBN-13: 9781501307447
ISBN-10: 1501307444
Pagini: 168
Ilustrații: 8 b/w illustrations
Dimensiuni: 121 x 165 x 16 mm
Greutate: 0.16 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Seria Object Lessons

Locul publicării: New York, United States


Draws on sources that range from scripture (in discussing Jewish "Passover" and the Eucharist, for example) to the literature surrounding the modern field of food studies

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Scott Cutler Shershow is Professor of English at University of California, Davis, USA. He is the author of five books, including Deconstructing Dignity: A Critique of the Right-to-Die Debate (2014).


Bread Book Bread Dance Bread Flower Bread Dread (1)Bread Breakings Bread Line Bread Dread (2) Bread / Dead Daily Bread AcknowledgementsNotes


For Shershow, bread is everywhere because it is a miracle, and miraculous because it is everywhere. To know bread, he argues, one must work with it. Learning to bake teaches the baker just how much is beyond his control. . Shershow's Bread treats its object much like a critical theorist does language, as a human invention that exceeds human control.
Anyone who spends serious time weighing a name for his starter has crossed over to the other side, but Shershow is comfortable there, too, at home with the philosophers and poets of bread.
Eye opening.