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Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Thomas P. Bonfiglio


This project’s literary analyses grow from non-literary criticisms of American neoliberalism, with regard to health and eating. This political framework requires some explanation, as it forms the basis for my argument about how contemporary American food-centric texts work. I am uneasy about the prevalent ideology which positions individual choices as the exclusive determinants of health and bodily appearance, ignoring other factors that condition our well-being. The individual, in this framework, bears full responsibility for her or his body. Messaging from the media and the government encourages citizens to monitor and discipline themselves—through dieting and exercise, for example—and to blame themselves if their bodies fail to align with an often too-narrow conception of health.