Date of Award

1-1-2011

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Department

English Language and Literatures

Sub-Department

English

First Advisor

Elise Blackwell

Abstract

Treadmill is a novel about the tension between personal accountability and obedience to context. Set in a Chicago that is both Gangland fantasy and mundane reality, Treadmill chronicles Gretchen Penfield's attempts to lose weight, and the unusual, ramifications of her journey of self-improvement on several local crime families. The novel is darkly comic and centers around a hazy morality which each character tries to bring into focus, with varying degrees of success, ultimately questioning the binary of altruism and self-interest.

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