Narrative Possibilities in Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats

  • Sarika Chandra
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature book series (PSAAL)


Like the non-fictional exposés on which it draws, Ruth Ozeki’s 1998 novel, My Year of Meats, takes clear aim at the disastrous social and ecological consequences of global capitalism, exposing how profit-seeking ventures have created a climatic crisis of epic proportions in which animals and people live, and die, in horrid conditions. However, because it dramatically centres on the contradictions in the processes of the production and consumption themselves, in its form as a novel, My Year of Meats calls attention to the ideological limitations of the exposé genre. This essay analyzes the novel’s potential to narrate the contradictions in the reigning system of production by examining the different modes of narration present within its own structure. The analysis is attentive to the specific ways in which the notion of contemporary cultural imagination unfolds in the story as a dialectic between the ideas of political possibility and those of its closure.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarika Chandra
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  1. 1.Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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