Fight Club’s Gothic Leanings in a Pre-9/11 Era

In this essay I explore the way in which Chuck Palahniuk uses Gothic tropes in Fight Club (1996) to explore the terrors of the postmodern capitalist city, and how this situates it within the context of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York. Continue reading “Fight Club’s Gothic Leanings in a Pre-9/11 Era”

Imagined Identities in Lanark

“if a city hasn’t been used by an artist not even the inhabitants live there imaginatively”

Lanark, p.234

In this essay I explore the relationship between identity and the imagination in Alasdair Gray’s Lanark: A Life in Four Books. I unpick the uncanny layering and blurring of the reality in this text, and also explore the extent to which it matters which is the ‘real’ identity, and which is the ‘imagined’. Continue reading “Imagined Identities in Lanark”

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