“A Copy of a Copy of a Copy”: Productive Repetition in <em>Fight Club</em>

  • Kevin Mitchell
Keywords: Fight Club, Deleuze, Chuck Palahniuk, repetition


It is proposed that there are two types of repetition: one that repeats based on identities and one that repeats differences. While the former is the common-sense view that understands difference to be the difference between two substantial things, the latter argues that, against this common-sense interpretation of repetition, it is difference itself that repeats and that, in fact, it is a failure to repeat identically that defines this latter version. Through an analysis of Deleuze’s conception of repetition as a repetition of difference in itself, this paper interprets Fight Club as a vehicle for addressing the question of how it is possible for something new to arise out of a seemingly stifling world of repetition and concretized identities. Given Deleuze’s ontology of immanence, fictional characters are no less real than flesh-and-blood people and, therefore, it is argued that alternative readings are actually offered up by the text itself, and not imposed by the reader from a transcendent point of view. In other words, literary texts are opened up to their own immanent becoming, a becoming that eventuates not only in the altering of the terms of the text, but, given the plane of immanence, in the reader as well.

Author Biography

Kevin Mitchell

Kevin Mitchell is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at Trent University. His recent work addresses the neo-Kantian transcendental dimension of popular culture, the philosophies of new media, and the relevance of speculative realism for contemporary theory.

How to Cite
Mitchell, K. (2013). “A Copy of a Copy of a Copy”: Productive Repetition in <em>Fight Club</em&gt;. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 5(1). Retrieved from http://jeunessejournal.ca/index.php/yptc/article/view/184