Fight Club and Postmodernism
How far is Fight Club a Postmodern text?
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
A cynical view that in contemporary culture nothing is new
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/
Parody (makes fun of the original)
All examples of
In our postmodern age identity is no longer fixed but constructed and
can be manipulated by individuals.
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
Examples that show Fight club as a postmodern text…
Examples of Fight Club following classic Hollywood conventions
How far does Fight Club rely on typical narrative
and stylistic conventions of Hollywood
mainstream cinema and how far does it break
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’