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.

‘Are You Scared of Me?’: The Ethics of Horror

‘Are You Scared of Me?’: The Ethics of Horror

‘Are you scared of me?’: The ethics of horror

Daddy's Dead


We have to go back for Daddy!


Daddy's dead.


Noooo! (Tarantino, 1996: 106)

From Dusk Till Dawn turns on the loss of the paternal figure. At the point that the father's death is announced in the movie, however, he is not yet dead. When he re-emerges, however, he declares he is ‘already dead’ (Tarantino, 1996: 107). Having received the bite of a vampire, he has not long to live. Confused and caught off guard by the incongruous presence of a preacher in their midst, the swarm of vampires have let Jacob Fuller through to the relative safety of the back room of the Titty Twister, an all night bar for ...

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