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Fast Food Nation: Context
Fast Food Nation: Plot Summary
Fast Food Nation: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Fast Food Nation: Themes
Fast Food Nation: Quotes
Fast Food Nation: Characters
Fast Food Nation: Symbols
Fast Food Nation: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Eric Schlosser
Historical Context of Fast Food Nation
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- Full Title: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
- When Written: The end of the 1990s
- Where Written: New York City, with significant reporting in Colorado
- When Published: 2001
- Literary Period: Contemporary non-fiction
- Genre: non-fiction; food writing; social criticism
- Setting: primarily in and around the cities of Colorado’s Front Range
- Climax: After visiting a meatpacking plant, Schlosser walks outside and sees the distant beauty of the night sky. Through a window in the plant, he notes the “pink” carcasses of the cattle moving along a conveyor belt.
- Antagonist: No single antagonist, although Iowa Beef Processors (IBP) and ConAgra, two enormous agribusinesses, are the subjects of consistent critique
- Point of View: third-person, reported
Extra Credit for Fast Food Nation
Super Size Me. Schlosser is not alone in his critique of the fast-food industry. One of the most famous documentaries on the subject of fast food is Morgan Spurlock’s 2004 movie Super Size Me, in which Spurlock eats entirely at McDonald’s for one month. Spurlock’s film discusses many of the same broad topics as Schlosser’s book—if, perhaps, doing so in a much more personal, and perhaps self-jeopardizing, way.