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Destruction in search of hope: Baudrillard, simulation, and Chuck Palahniuk's Choke

Author: Kurt D Fawver; OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center.; Cleveland State University. Department of English.
Publisher: Cleveland, Ohio : Cleveland State University, 2008.
Dissertation: Thesis (M.A.)--Cleveland State University, 2008.
Thesis (M.S.)--Cleveland State University, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript : State or province government publication : eBook   Computer File   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Chuck Palahniuk's Choke is a text that perfectly constructs a world of simulation as theorized by Jean Baudrillard. However, rather than reveling in meaningless, if entertaining, hyperreality as Baudrillard does, the text attempts to find escape from the endless barrage of mediated images and information inherent in such a simulatory existence. It advocates an evolution (or de-evolution, as the case may be) of  Read more...
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Named Person: Chuck Palahniuk; Chuck Palahniuk; Jean Baudrillard
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Government publication, Manuscript, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Kurt D Fawver; OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center.; Cleveland State University. Department of English.
OCLC Number: 298246224
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Title from PDF t.p. (viewed on Jan. 13, 2009).
Description: iii, 37 p. : digital, PDF file.
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Responsibility: Kurt D. Fawver.

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Chuck Palahniuk's Choke is a text that perfectly constructs a world of simulation as theorized by Jean Baudrillard. However, rather than reveling in meaningless, if entertaining, hyperreality as Baudrillard does, the text attempts to find escape from the endless barrage of mediated images and information inherent in such a simulatory existence. It advocates an evolution (or de-evolution, as the case may be) of communication and signification, a willful ignorance of sorts, that will allow images to be reconnected with meaning and signifiers to be reunited with concrete corresponding signifieds. Following a line of postmodern literature begun by Pynchon and Delillo to its logical end, Choke takes the next step into post-postmodern territory, abandoning nihilism and focusing, instead, on the hopeful pseudo-Romantic destruction and rebirth of images and signs.

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