Quentin Tarantino
Poetics and Politics of Cinematic Metafiction

By David Roche

352 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 78 b&w illustrations

9781496819161 Printed casebinding $90.00S

9781496821157 Paper $30.00S

Printed casebinding, $90.00

Paper, $30.00

The first in-depth study of metafiction in Tarantino's films

Quentin Tarantino's films beg to be considered metafiction: metacommentaries that engage with the history of cultural representations and exalt the aesthetic, ethical, and political potential of creation as re-re-creation and resignification.

Covering all eight of Quentin Tarantino's films according to certain themes, David Roche combines cultural studies and neoformalist approaches to highlight how closely the films' poetics and politics are intertwined. Each in-depth chapter focuses on a salient feature, some which have drawn much attention (history, race, gender, violence), others less so (narrative structure, style, music, theatricality).

Roche sets Tarantino's films firmly in the legacy of Howard Hawks, Jean-Luc Godard, Sergio Leone, and the New Hollywood, revising the image of a cool pop-culture purveyor that the American director cultivated at the beginning of his career. Roche emphasizes the breadth and depth of his films' engagement with culture, highbrow and lowbrow, screen and print, American, East Asian, and European.

DAVID ROCHE, Montpellier, France, is professor of film studies at the Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France. He is author of Making and Remaking Horror in the 1970s and 2000s: Why Don't They Do It Like They Used To?, editor of Conversations with Russell Banks, and coeditor of Comics and Adaptation, all three published by University Press of Mississippi.

352 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 78 b&w illustrations