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The story of corn, Betty Fussell

Label
The story of corn
Title
The story of corn
Statement of responsibility
Betty Fussell
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In an authoritative, wise and wholly original blend of social history, art, science and anthropology, Betty Fussell tells the story of corn in a narrative that is as uniquely hybrid as her subject. It is a story that can be told in the language of myth or industry, of sacred ritual or secular farming, but in any language it makes clear that all the civilizations of the Western Hemisphere have been built on corn. The great epic of this amazing grain and of the people who for seven centuries have planted, eaten, worshipped, processed and profited from it reaches into every corner of American life--not just its food but also its poetry, its commerce, its religion and, of course, its booze. In her beautifully balanced text as well as in hundreds of extraordinary illustrations, Fussell juxtaposes the many facets of corn's history and influence to surprising, dramatic effect. The Story of Corn changes completely one's sense of the shape and nature of the American experience. You will never again munch on a hush puppy, admire a Maya temple, read Hiawatha or simply pass a cornfield in the same way
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
633.1/5/0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
SB191.M2
LC item number
F87 1992
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
SB191.M2F86
NAL item number
1992
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The story of corn, Betty Fussell
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Autographed by author
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-344) and index
Contents
1. A babel of corn. Corn mad -- The popcorn connection -- What is the corn? -- Corn, U.S.A. -- 2. Seeds of life. The language of myth : The seed of blood ; Corn cannibals ; The circles of Chaco Canyon -- The language of science : Solving the corn mystery ; In the name of divine progress ; The corn war ; The corn race -- 3. The daily round. The language of the seasons : The sacred corn of Inca and Aztec ; The desert farmers of the Southwest ; Buffalo Bird Woman's garden -- The language of the machine : The ocean-desert of Nebraska ; The march of mechanical time ; "Corn sick" land -- 4. Flesh and blood. The language of food : From piki to cornflakes ; Green-corn cooking ; Ash cooking ; Cornmeal cooking -- The language of drink : Chicha in Peru, moonshine in Arkansas -- The language of commodities : Squeezing the molecule -- 5. The sacred round. The language of ceremony : Dancing up the corn ; Gathering in the corn ; Tearing out the heart ; Drinking down the sun -- The language of carnivals and kings : Hoopeston's sweet-corn magic ; Courtland's cornhuskers ; The world's only corn palace -- 6. Closing the circle. The night of Shalako -- The blessingway
Control code
26264205
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
356 p.
Isbn
9780394578057
Lccn
91058645
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm26264205
  • (OCoLC)26264205
Label
The story of corn, Betty Fussell
Publication
Note
Autographed by author
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-344) and index
Contents
1. A babel of corn. Corn mad -- The popcorn connection -- What is the corn? -- Corn, U.S.A. -- 2. Seeds of life. The language of myth : The seed of blood ; Corn cannibals ; The circles of Chaco Canyon -- The language of science : Solving the corn mystery ; In the name of divine progress ; The corn war ; The corn race -- 3. The daily round. The language of the seasons : The sacred corn of Inca and Aztec ; The desert farmers of the Southwest ; Buffalo Bird Woman's garden -- The language of the machine : The ocean-desert of Nebraska ; The march of mechanical time ; "Corn sick" land -- 4. Flesh and blood. The language of food : From piki to cornflakes ; Green-corn cooking ; Ash cooking ; Cornmeal cooking -- The language of drink : Chicha in Peru, moonshine in Arkansas -- The language of commodities : Squeezing the molecule -- 5. The sacred round. The language of ceremony : Dancing up the corn ; Gathering in the corn ; Tearing out the heart ; Drinking down the sun -- The language of carnivals and kings : Hoopeston's sweet-corn magic ; Courtland's cornhuskers ; The world's only corn palace -- 6. Closing the circle. The night of Shalako -- The blessingway
Control code
26264205
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
356 p.
Isbn
9780394578057
Lccn
91058645
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm26264205
  • (OCoLC)26264205

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