After the final page : food transformation narratives and the call to individual action
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In this paper I examine and define the concept of transformation literature through three different books engaging in a conversation with food politics, and the intersection of ethics and morality. The first of the three books is Michael Pollan's, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, which asks us to consider what it means to eat in full consciousness. The second book taking part in the conversation of transformative works is Barbara Kingsolver's, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, which is an account filled with information centered around eating in the most sustainable way possible, mainly through cutting out the toxic petroleum emissions and waste caused by industrial farming and the shipment of goods. The final book joining in the discussion is Tovar Cerulli's, The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian's Hunt for Sustenance. This book is able to offer a well-rounded voice into the conversation of transformation narrative, opening up on his deeply personal journey from hunter to vegan and back to hunter again. In this essay I will to look at how certain literary works such as these, pressures the reader to take immediate action more than others and the affects of such pressure through analyzing context outside of the novel. I also explore the contradictions in trying to understand how to take action given by text, which is an inactive source of material. Finally, this essay will explore how transformation narratives speak to the individual by attempting to harness each reader's unique power, creating mass change.
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