The Angel Demon Human Dichotomy


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11 December 2011

Transgressive Fiction:

“A literary genre that graphically explores such topics as incest and other aberrant sexual practices, mutilation, the sprouting of sexual organs in various places on the human body, urban violence and violence against women, drug use, and highly dysfunctional family relationships, and that is based on the premise that knowledge is to be found at the edge of experience and that the body is the site for gaining knowledge.”

—Rene Chun

Transgressions Page on Facebook

The most thought provoking and literary violations of the norm.

Dear Porcelain Utopia Blog & Website Readers,

From 11 December 2011 through 16 February, I will be interweaving some of my darker writing, especially that from when I had a psychotic break with reality in 2005 and 2006. The Series “Porcelain Utopia” is just as much a part of me as my inspirational and hopeful messages. To brief you on what to expect in the coming weeks, I’ve defined this genre, which I often find therapeutic, below:

Transgressive Fiction is a genre of literature that focuses on characters that feel confined by the norms and expectations of society and who break free of those confines in unusual and/or illicit ways. Because they are rebelling against the basic norms of society, protagonists of transgressional fiction may seem mentally ill, anti-social or nihilistic. The genre deals extensively with taboo subject matters such as drugs, sex, violence, incest, and crime.

“A literary genre that graphically explores such topics as incest and other aberrant sexual practices, mutilation, the sprouting of sexual organs in various places on the human body, urban violence and violence against women, drug use, and highly dysfunctional family relationships, and that is based on the premise that knowledge is to be found at the edge of experience and that the body is the site for gaining knowledge.”

-Rene Chun

The New York Times

If you’ve read Henry Miller, Kathy Acker, Charles Bukowski, Anthony Burgess, Chuck Palahniuk, or William S. Burroughs, you’ll be familiar with this genre.

Also I’ll be including some chapters and excepts from my memoirs Light Under the Shade from around 2009-2010. And of course the usual inspiring quotations, and day to day blogging. I’m choosing to express myself creatively right here on this website without separating the angel-demon-human, the black and white, the dark and the light–we all have these sides to us–skeletons in our closets, so-to-speak.

Jonathan Harnisch

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About Jonathan Harnisch

Author | Mental Health Advocate | Schizophrenia | Artist | Blogger | Podcast Host | Patent Holder | Hedge Fund Manager | Film & TV Producer | Musician
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