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Quentin Tarantino and Film Theory

Aesthetics and Dialectics in Late Postmodernity

Authors: Pagello, Federico

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  • Offers an ambitious theoretical assessment of Tarantino’s cinema in relation to key issues in contemporary film theory
  • Engages with questions about the ongoing relevance of postmodern theory to understand the work of Tarantino from an aesthetic and dialectical perspective
  • Puts Tarantino’s films in conversation with the theories of leading philosophers and scholars Jacques Rancière, Fredric Jameson, Slavoj Zizek and Carol Clover to offer a stimulation approach to ‘late’ postmodern cinema
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This book examines a set of theoretical perspectives that critically engage with the notion of postmodernism, investigating whether this concept is still useful to approach contemporary cinema. This question is explored through a discussion of the films written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, largely regarded as the epitome of postmodern cinema and considered here as theoretical contributions in their own right.  Each chapter first presents key ideas proposed by a specific theorist and then puts them in conversation with Tarantino’s films. Jacques Rancière’s theory of art is used to reject postmodernism’s claims about the ‘death’ of the aesthetic image in contemporary cinema. Fredric Jameson’s and Slavoj Žižek’s dialectical thinking is mobilized to challenge simplistic, ideological readings of postmodern cinema in general, and Tarantino’s films in particular. Finally, the direct influence of Carol Clover’s psychoanalytical approach to the horror genre on Tarantino’s work is discussed to prove the director’s specific contribution to a theoretical understanding of contemporary film aesthetics.

      

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Federico Pagello is Research Fellow in the Department of the Arts at the University of Bologna, Italy. His work on contemporary American film, comics and television, as well as on late 19th and early 20th-century European serial narratives has been published in journals and edited collections in Italian, French and English.



     

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quentin Tarantino and Film Theory
Book Subtitle
Aesthetics and Dialectics in Late Postmodernity
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-43819-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-43819-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-43818-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 210
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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