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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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“That’s the Excuse You Guys Use Whenever You Want to Exclude Me from Something”

“That’s the Excuse You Guys Use Whenever You Want to Exclude Me from Something”

Identity Politics Vol. 2: Gender (and Sexuality)

(p.75) Chapter Three “That’s the Excuse You Guys Use Whenever You Want to Exclude Me from Something”
Quentin Tarantino

David Roche

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses first on the relation between gender and genre conventions on the general level, then on how the narratives are often based on an assault on patriarchy, third on the linguistic deconstruction of gender effected through the usage of specific words, and finally on how some of the major concerns of feminist film theories are taken into account in the figuration of the body. I argue that deconstructing the material his films are based on enables Tarantino to come to terms with genre films and, more generally, cinema, and, in turn, qualify the theories he engages with. In so doing, his cinematic metafictions endeavor to resolve the contradiction between the celebration and the deconstruction of film genre: redeeming it by queering it, so to speak

Keywords:   Gender, Sexuality, The body, Stereotypes, subversion

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