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Quentin TarantinoPoetics and Politics of Cinematic Metafiction$
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David Roche

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496819161

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496819161.001.0001

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“Black Man, White Hell”

“Black Man, White Hell”

Identity Politics Vol. 1: Race and Ethnicity

(p.32) Chapter Two “Black Man, White Hell”
Quentin Tarantino

David Roche

University Press of Mississippi

Pursuing arguments made by Adilifu Nama in Race on the QT, it demonstrates that the films foreground and criticize the racialized and racist terms of the material they are working with. In reflecting on past representations, the films are also reflecting on present representations, and thus on contemporary culture. They testify to an awareness of the historicity of all representations. The chapter argues that the films’ awareness of the complexity of racial representations, of their history, of the racial construction of all bodies, of the multiplicity of identities, of the difficulty of establishing a relationship with another without excluding someone else, of the necessity and limitations of deconstruction and resignification, prove that they are not instances of shameless white appropriation but problematized engagements with racial politics.

Keywords:   Race, Ethnicity, The body, Stereotypes, subversion

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