Echoes from "Fight Club"

Categorical Thinking, Narrative Strategies, and Political Radicalism in Chuck Palahniuk’s "Adjustment Day"




Chuck Palahniuk, categorical thinking, posthumanism, Fight Club, Adjustment Day, Borges


This work addresses Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Adjustment Day as a satirical critique of the political radicalization of the USA and as a warning about the dangerous ideological effects narratives may have on our posthumanist understanding of reality. To reach his purposes, the novelist combines three stylistic strategies. First, he creates a satirical story that exposes the condition of American politics, the dangers of radicalized political correctness, and the present risks of populist revolutions. Secondly, he uses explicit metafictional references to Fight Club and to other literary works and critical theories to warn about the dangerous effects that the power of narrative can have. Finally, Palahniuk departs from the minimalist style he used in his earlier and most well-known fiction in favor of a heterodiegetic and omniscience narrative voice that, combined with multiple internal focalizations, endorses a plural, non-categorical understanding of reality.



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Author Biography

Francisco Collado Rodríguez, Universidad de Zaragoza

Francisco Collado-Rodríguez is Professor of American Literature at the Department of English and German of the University of Zaragoza, where he teaches courses on 20th-century and recent American Literature and Popular Culture. A former President of the Spanish Association for American Studies (SAAS), he has published articles and essays on writers such as Thomas Pynchon, E. L. Doctorow, Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, Bharati Mukherjee, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Bobbie Ann Mason. He has also authored and edited several books on contemporary fiction.


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How to Cite

Collado Rodríguez, F. (2022). Echoes from "Fight Club": Categorical Thinking, Narrative Strategies, and Political Radicalism in Chuck Palahniuk’s "Adjustment Day". Journal of English Studies, 20, 3–23.