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Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501307447
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 07/28/2016
Series: Object Lessons
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 4.70(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

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

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