Chuck Palahniuk Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Choke

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-08
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Offering a world full of traumatized characters trapped in a consumerist society where men, women, sex and gender have become unstable commodities, Chuck Palahniuk has become one of the most controversial of contemporary novelists. This book is the first guide to bring together scholars from a full range of critical perspectives to explore three of Palahniuk's most widely-studied novels: Fight Club, Invisible Monsters and Choke. Examining these works in light of such key critical themes as violence, masculinity, postmodern aesthetics and trauma, the book also explores the ethical dimension of Palahniuk's work that is often lost in the heat of the controversies surrounding his books.

Together with annotated guides to further reading, Chuck Palahniuk also includes section introductions surveying the contexts and reception of each novel, making this an essential guide for students and scholars of contemporary literature.

Author Biography

Francisco Collado-Rodriguez is Professor of English at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. He is President of the Spanish Association of American Studies and his previous publications include (as editor) Masculinities, Femininities and the Power of the Hybrid in US Narratives.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introduction, Sarah Graham \ 1. Introduction: Chuck Palahniuk and the posthuman being, Francisco Collado-Rodríguez \ Part I: Fight Club \ 2. Violence, Spaces, and a Fragmenting Consciousness in Fight Club, James R. Giles \ 3. The Avatars of Masculinity: How Not to Be a Man, Eduardo Mendieta \ 4. Body Contact:Acting Out is the Best Defense in Fight Club, Laurie Vickroy \ Part II: Invisible Monsters \ 5. Invisible Monsters and Palahniuk's Perverse Sublime, Andrew Slade \ 6. The opposite of a miracle: Trauma in Invisible Monsters, Richard Viskovic and Eluned Summers-Bremner \ 7. From Solid to Liquid: Invisible Monsters and the Blank Fiction Road Story, Sonia Baelo-Allué \ Part III: Choke \ 8. Chuck Palahniuk's Edible Complex, Jesse Kavadlo \ 9. Anger, Anguish, and Art: Choke, David Cowart \ 10. Addiction in Choke, Nieves Pascual \ Further Reading \ Notes on Contributors \ Index

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