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Studying Fight Club$
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Mark Ramey

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733551

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733551.001.0001

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Interpreting Fight Club

Interpreting Fight Club

(p.67) Chapter 4: Interpreting Fight Club
Studying Fight Club

Mark Ramey

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents a theoretical interpretation of Fight Club (1999). The interpretation of a film text invariably relies on the application of theory. Theory acts as a set of spectacles: looking at the world through its lenses sharpens focus, magnifies detail, and clarifies understanding. Studying Fight Club has already referenced a number of possible theoretical positions, such as postmodernism and feminism. The chapter explores these and other interpretive positions in depth. These include auteur theory; moral panics and media effects theory; political theory; psychoanalytic theory; gender identity and gender relations; postmodernism; and Nietzsche and nihilism. Gender remains the most critically appraised aspect of Fight Club. The film clearly can be read as an exploration of male identity in crisis. Meanwhile, some feminist critics find the film misogynistic and others see it as a homoerotic text.

Keywords:   Fight Club, postmodernism, feminism, auteur theory, moral panics, media effects theory, political theory, psychoanalytic theory, gender identity, gender relations

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