Transgressive fiction explores the crossing of boundaries. Because of its extreme content and style, it is often considered controversial. However, transgressive fiction is not just shocking or disruptive. It is a continuation of an American tradition of creating culture through the crossing of moral, geographical and social boundaries. Extreme States traces the evolution of American transgressive fiction from the 1960s to 2000, exploring how transgressive fiction reflects, exaggerates and critically interrogates how central American ideologies are perpetually (re)constructed in its extra-textual context.

chapter 2|27 pages

Too Much Filth to Handle

Pornography and Capitalism in Hogg

chapter 3|26 pages

Saving the West

Environmentalism and Conservatism in The Monkey Wrench Gang

chapter 4|31 pages

A Painful Past

Rememory, Monstrosity and Intersectionality in Beloved

chapter 5|29 pages

The Perfect Neoliberal

The Corporate and the Corporeal in American Psycho

chapter 6|28 pages

Wild Men

Freedom and Masculinity in Fight Club

chapter 7|18 pages

“This Is Not an Exit”

The (Non) Death of Transgression