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American Fat: Obesity and the Short Story

Lionel Kelly
The Yearbook of English Studies
Vol. 31, North American Short Stories and Short Fictions (2001), pp. 218-229
DOI: 10.2307/3509387
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3509387
Page Count: 12
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American Fat: Obesity and the Short Story
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Abstract

A discussion of the representation of obesity in American short stories using examples by Eudora Welty, Jean Stafford, Andre Dubus and Raymond Carver with Russell Edson's speculations on fatness, writing, and the prose poem. These stories reveal a persistent preoccupation with obesity and sexuality, and reflect aspects of the pervasive social discrimination against obesity. These issues are placed in the context of the medical establishment's view of obesity as epidemic in the United States, and the answering claims for social justice from what is called the 'fat lobby'.

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