Fight Club's middle children of history: masculinity, cinema and modern culture

Billson, Chris (2008) Fight Club's middle children of history: masculinity, cinema and modern culture. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This essay aims to inquire into the emerging social tensions operating in, and upon, masculinity, and how film can be seen to reflect, and reposition itself, in response to these tensions. Recognizing the need to move beyond the current theory, I propose a differing approach to gender, one which draws upon evolutionary psychology and Freudian psycho-analytics in order to arrive at a more compatible framework for how masculinity functions as a mechanism within the cinematic space. Central to my discussion is the film Fight Club (1999). For what it both frames and reveals of a masculinity in crisis, a form of gender that is both biological and social, and the subjective functioning of violence within this emerging cultural dynamic. I argue that what is revealed within the film's mythology is a reflection of a male generation that can be seen to lean itself against violence and other similarly sado-masochistic forms, in response to what is both repressed and disavowed from primary culture.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/551

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