S-Space Researcher Institutes (연구소) American Studies Institute (미국학연구소) 미국학 미국학 Volume 39 Number 1/2 (2016)
Body, Gender, and Power: Reading the Illusion of a Subversive Potential in Fight Club
- Kim, Seonghoon
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 미국학연구소
- 미국학, Vol.39 No.1, pp. 157-187
- In David Fincher’s 1999 film Fight Club, destructive totalitarian violence and vexing gender issues are intertwined with each other. Men in Fight Club and Project Mayhem, quasi-anarchist organizations that use violence and terrorism in the film, resist the late-capitalist society. Their radical actions are based on a firm belief that they can recover their (lost) masculinity, as the film represents through Jack and Tyler, the protagonists equating the late-capitalist society to something feminine. In Fincher’s film, the restoration of masculinity as resistance against society is paradoxical as it depicts men as victims of the feminized society, while making them subject to their own violence based on the idea of masculinity. In particular, through Marla Singer, the only major female character, Fight Club’s representation of men’s homosocial bonding unwittingly highlights and strengthens stereotypes of heterosexuality.