Marxist Film Theory and Fight Club

Author:   Anna Kornbluh (University of Illinois, USA) ,  Todd McGowan
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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9781501347290


Pages:   200
Publication Date:   02 May 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Anna Kornbluh provides an overview of Marxist approaches to film, with particular attention to three central concepts in Marxist theory in general that have special bearing on film: the mode of production, ideology, and mediation. In explaining how these concepts operate and how they have been used and misused in film studies, the volume employs a case study to exemplify the practice of Marxist film theory. Fight Club is an exceptionally useful text with which to explore these three concepts because it so vividly and pedagogically engages with economic relations, ideological distortion, and opportunities for transformation. At the same time, it is a very typical film in terms of the conditions of its production, its marketing, and its popularity. Adapted from a novel by Chuck Palahniuk, the film is a contemporary classic that has lent itself to significant re-interpretation with every shift in the political economic landscape since its debut. Marxist Film Theory and Fight Club models a detailed cinematic interpretation that students can practice with other films, and furnishes a set of ideas about cinema and society that can be carried into other kinds of study, giving students tools for analyzing culture broadly defined.

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Author:   Anna Kornbluh (University of Illinois, USA) ,  Todd McGowan
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic USA
Weight:   0.322kg
ISBN:  

9781501347290


ISBN 10:   1501347292
Pages:   200
Publication Date:   02 May 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Manufactured on demand   Availability explained
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Acknowledgements Introduction Part One: Marxist Film Theory Part Two: Marxist Film Theory and Fight Club Conclusion Further Reading Notes Index

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Kornbluh has devised a remarkable two-fisted engine that examines simultaneously and in turns Marxist film theory and Fight Club. She offers a rigorous and highly original analysis of the film, in which cinematic form and economic circumstances vie with and outstrip each other, and a superb demonstration of the dialectic at work. * Joan Copjec, Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, USA *


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Anna Kornbluh is Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Chicago, US. She is the author of Realizing Capital (2013), and her articles on Marxist aesthetics have appeared in Mediations, Novel, the LARB, Understanding Film: Marxist Perspectives, Lacan & Contemporary Cinema, and the Bloomsbury Companion to Marx.

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