Thesis - Open Access
Master of Arts (MA)
Department / School
creative writing, transgressive fiction
This thesis explores the genre of transgressive fiction and locates my own creative work within this genre. Los Angeles Times writer Michael Silverblatt popularized the term transgressive fiction in 1993 and associates authors such as Dennis Cooper, Kathy Acker, Roland Barthes, Bret Easton Ellis, Michel Foucault, William Gass, Jean Genet, and William Burroughs with the genre; however, the definition of transgressive fiction remains elusive. Therefore, in my first chapter, I analyze three transgressive novels—Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho, Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, and Tony Tullamuthe’s Private Citizens. My second chapter consists of selections from my creative work, a transgressive novel entitled Life Sucks. Finally, in my third chapter I reflect on my creative writing process and describe how my creative work engages with, contributes to, and departs from the genre of transgressive fiction.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Experimental fiction -- History and criticism.
Deviant behavior in literature.
Includes bibliographical references
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Christianson, Jena, "Life Sucks: Classifying Transgressive Fiction" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2650.