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The story of corn

Author: Betty Harper Fussell
Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : English : University of New Mexico Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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The Story of Corn is a unique compendium, drawing upon history and mythology, science and art, anecdote and image, personal narrative and epic to tell the extraordinary story of the grain that built the New World. Corn transformed the way the entire world eats, providing a hardy, inexpensive alternative to rice or wheat and cheap fodder for livestock and finding its way into everything from explosives to embalming  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Betty Harper Fussell
ISBN: 0826335926 9780826335920
OCLC Number: 54374871
Notes: Originally published: New York : Knopf, 1992.
Description: 356 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: A babel of corn --
Seeds of life --
The language of myth --
The language of science --
The daily round --
The language of the seasons --
The language of the machine --
Flesh and blood --
The language of food --
The language of drink --
The language of commodities --
The sacred round --
The language of ceremony --
The language of carnivals and kings --
Closing the circle.
Responsibility: Betty Fussell.
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In an authoritative, wise, and wholly original blend of social history, art, science, and anthropology, Fussell tells the story of corn in a narrative that is as uniquely hybrid as her subject. The  Read more...

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." . .a most wide-ranging, complex account. . The author delves into corn's long history, from it's origins as a grass to its place in the mythology and economy of aboriginal peoples, and its modern Read more...

 
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