Commodity Histories by Bruce Robbins

By Bruce Robbins

Essay's first paragraph:

One impressive attribute of commodity histories, a all of sudden ubiquitous style of renowned non-fiction, is a undeniable overkill of their subtitles. A consultant pattern may possibly contain, say, Corn and Capitalism: How a Botanical Bastard Grew to worldwide Dominance; Tobacco: A Cultural historical past of ways an unique Plant Seduced Civilization; The Potato: How the standard Spud Rescued the Western World; The international of Caffeine: The technology and tradition of the World’s most well-liked Drug; Cod: A Biography of the Fish that modified the World; and Mauve: How One guy Invented a colour that modified the World. simply somewhat much less over-the-top than the “changed the world” clause, which additionally appears to be like in fresh histories of vanilla, residence cats, ping pong balls, dishwashing liquid, and pocket lint, is the style for two-word titles within which an adjective, frequently a commodity-identifying colour, is paired with the main coveted of important metals. a few examples are Blue Gold (water), White Gold (rubber), Black Gold (oil), and Green Gold (tea and marijuana). Such titles recommend that every one of those commodities, even the humblest, have the ability to get continents came upon, dynasties toppled, mountains moved. We take a few of these commodities without any consideration, yet them all have replaced the world.

Citation:

Robbins, Bruce. "Commodity Histories." PMLA, 120.2 (Mar., 2005): 454-463.

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