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Fight club and postmodernism


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Fight club and postmodernism

  1. 1. Fight Club and Postmodernism How far is Fight Club a Postmodern text?
  2. 2. What is Postmodernism? Postmodernism is a term that is used to characterise the type of society and culture that has developed in western societies since the 1970s and into the beginning of the 21st century. Partly based on a particular view of contemporary life- a high tech, post industrial society dominated by the flow of media images and information around the world. We live in a postmodern world.
  3. 3. A cynical view that in contemporary culture nothing is new or original Everything is a copy (of a copy of a copy) Because nothing is new we receive repeated images and ideas and become de sensitised to everything (advertising/ violence) Parody (makes fun of the original) Intertexuality Hybridity All examples of postmodernism In our postmodern age identity is no longer fixed but constructed and can be manipulated by individuals.
  4. 4. Characters might stop and talk directly to the audience They often re-arrange or disrupt strict linear narratives, instead using circular narratives and open ended closures They often involve characters that feel disconnected or alienated from their environment and distrust authorities.
  5. 5. Examples that show Fight club as a postmodern text… Examples of Fight Club following classic Hollywood conventions
  6. 6. Essay question How far does Fight Club rely on typical narrative and stylistic conventions of Hollywood mainstream cinema and how far does it break from these?
  7. 7. Jean Baurillard: Simulacra Simulacra are copies that depict things that either had no original to begin with, or that no longer have an original. What the media offer us is not the ‘real’ but the ‘hyper real’