Reading Chuck Palahniuk’s Survivor (2000) and Haunted (2005) as critique of ‘The Culture Industry'

David Simmons, Nicola Allen, Cynthia Kuhn (Editor), Lance Rubin (Editor)

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This chapter examines the concept of in/authenticity in Chuck Palahniuk’s work, specifically his novels Survivor, Haunted and Lullaby. Through the use of cultural theory it explores how these texts engage with what it means to be authentic or ‘true to oneself’ in a contemporary American landscape dominated by the distorting artificiality of pervasive cultural forces such as the mass media and advertising.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReading Chuck Palahniuk: American Monsters and Literary Mayhem
Place of PublicationNew York and London
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780415998109
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2009

Publication series

NameRoutledge studies in contemporary literature


  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • Survivor
  • Haunted
  • Lullaby
  • Critique
  • Culture Industry


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