Douglas Keesey is a professor of film and literature at California Polytechnic State University, USA. His published work on American literature includes a book on Don DeLillo and essays on James Dickey, Stephen King, and Thomas Pynchon. Keesey is also the author of books on Catherine Breillat, Brian De Palma, Peter Greenaway, and Paul Verhoeven, as well as on neo-noir and erotic cinema.
"Understanding Chuck Palahniuk is the resource Palahniuk's readers have been waiting for. Douglas Keesey's comprehensive guide to this quirky, timely author is elegantly written, thoroughly researched, and always engaging, informative, and accessible. This book is sure to become the go-to reference for students, scholars, teachers, and fans."-- Naomi Mandel, University of Rhode Island "Keesey's study of literary America's enfant most terrible is remarkable for an economy that never compromises comprehensive insight into Palahniuk's many fictions. Understanding Chuck Palahniuk is the best kind of vade mecum--it will be valued by readers at every level, from those who are discovering just how far 'shocking the bourgeois' has come since the early days of modernism to those seeking to assess the viability of the avant-garde in literary environments that are postmodern and (some would say) post-postmodern."--David Cowart, author of The Tribe of Pyn: Literary Generations in the Postmodern Period "Douglas Keesy's Understanding Chuck Palahniuk finds deep roots for the author's "wretched excess" in fiction in his very rough childhood."--Understanding Chuck Palahniuk