The screenplays and films of Quentin Tarantino raise profound comic and ethical dilemmas. Developing ideas from Lacanian psychoanalysis, Botting and Wilson explore ethical issues in relation to Tarantino's work, postmodernity and recent cultural theory. They argue that Tarantino's texts provide a provocative and telling contribution to theorized accounts of contemporary culture.

The term ‘Tarantinian’ has been coined to refer to a set of sampled, self-authorizing signs that are cinematically assembled in processes of ‘consuming-producing-expending’ in the general context of a postmodern capitalism that enjoins excess. The Tarantinian ethics are elaborated, in the midst of a homogenized fast-food, movie and video culture, in relation to heterogeneous events of violence, horror and laughter.

Witty and incisive, the book illuminates and interrogates contemporary structures of identity, desire and consumption. It will be of great interest to students of cultural studies, social theory and communication.

‘I Eat Every Motherfuckin' Thang’: The Ethics of Consumption

‘I Eat Every Motherfuckin' Thang’: The Ethics of Consumption

‘I eat every motherfuckin' thang’: The ethics of consumption

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Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Natural Born Killers all begin over coffee or pie. True Romance starts, more romantically, in a smoky cocktail bar, but the romance does not truly begin until Clarence and Alabama share pie and coke in an all-night Denny's (1995b: 42–3). Much of the action of Jackie Brown also takes place in coffee shops or, more significantly, coffee shops that are located within shopping malls. From Dusk till Dawn begins in a liquor store, and the whole of the second half of the movie is set in a bar in Mexico. Coffee shops, diners, bars and restaurants are popular scenes of consumption, ...

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