Basics To Transgressive Fiction

Definition – A genre of literature that focuses on characters who feel confined by the norms and expectations of society and who break free of those confines in unusual or illicit ways.

Here is a list of some of the most popular literature, categorized under transgressive fiction.

  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk; Palahniuk is most known for focusing his writing on this type of genre. With more than fifteen novels published, here are some other popular works by him including
    • Choke
    • Invisible Monsters
    • Survivor
    • Lullaby
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis; Other popular novels by Ellis would include
    • Less Than Zero
    • Glamorama
    • The Rules of Attraction
    • Imperial Bedrooms
  • The Elephant Tree by R.D. Ronald; Ronald is also known for The Zombie Room, another popular transgressive fiction novel.
  • V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Post Office by Charles Bukowski; Bukowski is widely known for his poetry as well as his novels.
  • The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger

There are plenty of other novels known in the transgressive genre, this only being a few that are more well known. It has always interested me in the reading of others who do not fit in with the norms of society, due to finding myself agreeing and relating to their situations. Many of these novels have also been turned into films, such as Fight Club and American Psycho.

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