Fight Club

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Artist: Chuck Palaniuk

Year: 2012

Date of Action: August 2021

Region: North America

Location: Katy, Texas

Subject: Explicit Sexuality


Confronting Bodies: Parents

Description of Artwork: Fight Club is a 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk. It follows the experiences of an unnamed protagonist struggling with insomnia. Inspired by his doctor's exasperated remark that insomnia is not suffering, he finds relief by impersonating a seriously ill person in several support groups. Then he meets a mysterious man named Tyler Durden and establishes an underground fighting club as radical psychotherapy.

The Incident: Due to scenes involving sex between two of the novel's main characters, parents in the Katy school system lobbied to have the book removed from the system's AP English curriculum.

Results of Incident: "Fight Club" was removed from the English curriculum. The removal has yet to be retracted.