Ice by Karal Ann Marling
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By Karal Ann Marling


Great Moments in the History of Hard, Cold Water

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Ice by Karal Ann Marling

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"Put your mittens on; you'll freeze to death!" admonish the world's grandmothers as the temperature plummets. No doubt the Arctic explorers -- today in their GORE-TEX, historically in their woolens -- needed no such instruction. Icy climes bring with them the dangers of frostbite, but also the poetic beauty of glaciers and ice shelves, of ice palaces and aurora borealis. Karal Ann Marling explores these topics and more as she considers the history of "hard, cold water". What better place to start than with dessert? The pleasure of ice cream on a hot day has been known since the sixteenth century, although it wasn't until a few hundred years later that reliable refrigeration made the treat readily available. Marling expands her icy explorations to the realm of fiction -- the ice crossing in Uncle Tom's Cabin, the frozen wasteland of Frankenstein -- and to the movies and Broadway. Cities vie for tourists by building shimmering ice palaces to celebrate winter; explorers compete to reach the poles, and not all live to tell the story. The study of ice by a true aficionado yields fascinating insights and may just inspire readers to embrace winter -- or to make their way to the nearest ice cream shop.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780873516280
ISBN-10: 0873516281
Format: Hardback
(140mm x 215mm x 22mm)
Pages: 214
Imprint: Minnesota Historical Society Press,U.S.
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

Books By Author Karal Ann Marling

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Looks at Grandma Moses as a cultural phenomenon of the post-war period and explores the meaning of her subject matter - and her astonishing fame. This book reveals the longing for the memories, comforts, and small victories of a mythic, intimate American past tapped by the phenomenon - in art and commerce alike - of Grandma Moses.

Old Glory by Karal Ann Marling Old Glory, Hardback (June 2004)

A description of the histories and myths surrounding the flag of the United States of America from its revolutionary birth to the present day, this title is illustrated from the archives of the Library of Congress.

Merry Christmas! by Karal Ann Marling Merry Christmas!, Paperback (November 2001)

Christmas wouldn't be the same without the "things". This book examines why the trees, cards, wrapping paper, toy villages and Macy's holiday parade play such an important role in the festivities. Through the medium of mass culture, Christmas is here primarily defined as a secular celebration.

As Seen on TV by Karal Ann Marling As Seen on TV, Paperback (March 1996)

This work looks at the 1950s, a decade when how things looked was what mattered. It argues that the world had become a setpiece for television, and that people were looking at it through a gaze newly trained by television. The book is a study of style, material culture and art history.

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Author Biography - Karal Ann Marling

Karal Ann Marling is a professor emerita of art history and American studies at the University of Minnesota.

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