Esther’s Space- journey through my life

September 28, 2007

Fight Club (the book) #2

Filed under: p()5t^^()d3,~]\[ — estherspace @ 11:16 pm


Just because it is so wrong and so good at the same time, the intertextualization of Dennis The Menace and Fight Club here.

This novel is like a smorgasboard of things to think about!

Though it might be a well-flogged deceased equestrian, I want to comment on the subject object rainbow that we saw in this section of the reading.

“Look at your hand,” Tyler says.

Don’t look at your hand…

Don’t hear yourself cry…

You’re in Ireland. Close your eyes.

You’re in Ireland the summer after you left college…. (Fight Club 75)

Here the ‘you’ is a bit fuzzy. Interestingly, this is a moment during which Tyler actually speaks, which is indicated by the use of “”. Usually, the Tyler thoughts are statements that don’t seem to be uttered aloud. Furthermore, the narrator seems to be projecting the ‘you’ as outside of himself, as the other person Tyler is talking to. I think this is a moment during which the narrator is aware of his loss of subject-ness. Later, however, the narrator actually uses the “I”, but it is only to describe his loss of “I” and transformation into an object of Tyler’s metanarrative on the state of the world:

My wish right now is for me to die. I am nothing in the world compared to Tyler.

I am helpless.

I am stupid, and all I do is want and need things.

Now. The amazing miracle of death, when one second you’re walking and talking, and the next second, you’re an object.

I am nothing, and not even that. (Fight Club 146)

This ‘hitting bottom’ (the goal of Tyler’s organization) is soon followed by the clear connection between the object and it’s place in the metanarrative:

The mechanic starts talking, and it’s pure Tyler Durden.

“I see the strongest and the smartest men who have ever lived…and these men are pumping gas and waiting tables.” (Fight Club 149)

One of the narrator’s jobs is that of a waiter, and through this ‘human sacrifice’ on the mechanic’s part, the quiting of that job will be just one more step in the refusal of the commonplace modes of living, and one more towards the understanding of what it means to be alive.   This is the beginning of the revolution for the narrator.  (Jameson was afraid that without modernity, the people wouldn’t be able to understand each other and organize for a revolution, wasn’t he?  Perhaps it’s important that this seems to necessarily be an individual commitment before is is a organized revolution, and that this revolution was instigated  by a general dissatisfaction, but mostly by a schizophrenic alter-ego)  ‘

Is the fact that this little project is being controlled by a dominant subject of a schizophrenic alter-ego an example  the ways that postmodernism will be characterized by those refusal or fragmentation of old forms and styles?  Is this hero undercuts capitalist monster and saves the day, except that the hero isn’t really a person?



1 Comment »

  1. I agree about your part on the lye burning the narrators hand and the thought of him actually doing it himself is weird. Also Tyler is an example of postmodernity because he wants to detroys like hitting bottom before there is order in the world.

    Comment by tllabello — October 1, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

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