Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and University Honors
Overweight persons, Characters and characteristics in literature, Stigma (Social psychology), Body image in literature
Using the framework of fat studies, I work to analyze current fiction novels featuring fat female main characters. Through this analysis, I highlight the ways in which our current literature surrounding fat bodies utilizes highly stigmatized, fat phobic language and ideas to develop these characters. This results in the continued development of anti-fat/anti-fatness ideas rather than affirming fat bodies and identities. I offer potential means of moving forward into a more fat accepting society that develops complex fat characters in literature (and other forms of arts/media) who are not simplified to common tropes and stigmatized language surrounding fat and the fat body.
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Merrell, Sophia K., "Fat Fiction: Normalizing Fat Bodies in Literature" (2018). University Honors Theses. Paper 542.