“Dr Jekyll and Mr Jackass”: Fight Club as a Refraction of Hogg’s Justified Sinner and Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

in Refracting the Canon in Contemporary British Literature and Film
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This paper considers Fight Club (both Chuck Palahniuk’s novel and David Fincher’s film) as a “refraction” of James Hogg’s Justified Sinner and R. L. Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde. Fight Club reworks the Gothic topos of the Doppelgänger in a twentiethcentury American urban context, and, like its nineteenth-century predecessors, it can be read both psychologically and supernaturally.

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