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"I am Jack's raging bile duct" [electronic resource] : Fight club and the American mythology of violence in the postmodern movement /

by Freed, Robin Noelle.

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In Richard Slotkin's Regeneration through violence he explains how "the myth of regeneration through violence became the structuring metaphor for the American experience" (5). Throughout history "a new captivity, a new hunt, and a new ceremony of exorcism repeat the myth-scenario on a progressively deeper, more internal level" (565). Using Slotkin's thesis as a framework I will focus on the 1999 film Fight Club arguing that the film is a postmodern reinterpretation of the myth of regeneration through violence. By examining the themes of doubling and masculinity, the thesis examines how violence becomes a means by which the men in the film try to escape the banality of their quotidian lives.
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School:University of Virginia

School Location:USA - Virginia

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