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Authentication Authority and Narrative Self-Erasure in ‘Fight Club’

Cornelia Klecker

Pages 83 - 98


This case study on the film adaptation ‘Fight Club’ will serve as a representative of how some successful Hollywood productions delicately balance classic Hollywood narrative with the more self- conscious art-cinema narration. In order to illustrate how typical Hollywood conventions can be broken, a close reading of the film will focus on the narratological issues of “authentication authority” as well as the postmodern device of “narrative self-erasure.” By stressing the importance of the narrative self-erasure of a central character in the film and with it the removal of everything he stands for, this article furthermore attempts to undermine frequent criticism on ‘Fight Club’ that accuses the film of promoting a misogynist culture.


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