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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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“Revenge is Never a Straight Line”

“Revenge is Never a Straight Line”

A Neoformalist Approach Vol. 1: Narrative Structures and Paradigms

(p.127) Chapter Four “Revenge is Never a Straight Line”
Quentin Tarantino

David Roche

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter proposes to analyze the narrative structures of each film in order to identify general trends and evolutions in Tarantino’s storytelling strategies. Grounded in a structuralist and neo-formalist methodology, it seeks to go beyond the identification of formal features in order to demonstrate that these structures are not just playful. It focuses, first, on the use of titles, then on the relationship between the narrative structures and classical and art-cinema paradigms, and finally on the relationship between the actual story and the narrative, with special attention to Tarantino’s varied approach to the flashback.

Keywords:   Narrative structure, Chapters, Storytelling, Neo-formalism

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