Bee

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Reaktion Books, 2006 - 206 Seiten
"How doth the little busy bee improve each shining hour / and gather honey all the day from every opening flower!" This famed Isaac Watts verse reveals the enduring fascination that bees have held for humans: bees have long been admired for their remarkable socialization and architectural skills, and since the earliest times they have carried profound symbolic meanings. Claire Preston's Bee offers a comprehensive survey of the natural and cultural history of the bee and explores the impressive body of literature that has grown out of man's search for honey.

Bee traces the bee's role in art, politics, and social thought, drawing on scientific studies, literature, and historical texts. The volume examines the evolution of the bee's cultural image from a symbol of virtue and civility to the dangerous swarms of killer bees in Hollywood horror flicks. From ancient political analogies to Renaissance debates about monarchy to studies of bee behavior that portend ominous conclusions for our own socialization and use of technology, Bee analyzes the complex connections between the bee and human culture.
Written with energy and enthusiasm, Bee offers an original and fascinating meditation on this tiny workaholic.
 

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LibraryThing Review

Nutzerbericht  - Ma_Washigeri - LibraryThing

Some pretty pictures, some glaring factual errors in the biology chapter and elsewhere, and the language was pretty turgid and the sections unstructured. If it had not been about bees I would have looked at the pictures and then abandoned it. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - ErasmusBee - LibraryThing

Fascinating account about our fuzzy friends - and not just for the bee enthusiast. I regretted finishing this book and can't wait to start it again. I paraticularly liked the chapters 'Biological Bee', 'Folkloric Bee' and 'Bee Movie'. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

The Reasons for Bees
7
Biological Bee
19
Kept Bee
31
Political Bee
47
PiousCorrupt Bee
70
Utile Bee
87
Aesthetic Bee
94
Folkloric Bee
107
Retired Bee
156
Timeline
162
References
165
Bibliography
181
Associations Websites
187
Acknowledgements
189
Photo Acknowledgements
191
Index
193

Playful Bee
123
Bee Movie
131

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Über den Autor (2006)

Claire Preston is a fellow and lecturer in English, Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge.

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