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Intersections : Baudrillard's hyperreality and Lyotard's metanarratives in selected Tarantino Visual Tropes

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dc.contributor.advisor Byrne, Deirdre Stubbs, Evelyn 2012-10-12T12:49:54Z 2012-10-12T12:49:54Z 2011-06
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines two films directed by Quentin Tarantino, whom I have situated as a postmodern film director, within the theoretical context of the philosophies of two postmodern philosophers: Jean Baudrillard and Jean-François Lyotard. I argue that the major institutions of society, such as the family and religion, are viewed as grand narratives, in Lyotard’s sense of the term, which Tarantino repeatedly subverts. Overlapping with this intersection of Lyotard’s philosophy in Tarantino’s films is the Baudrillardian loss of the real, which manifests as hyperreality in many scenes. I suggest that Tarantino makes a conscious effort to create such hyperreality with the creation of playful signifiers in his films. I examine selected scenes to find Baudrillard’s “successive phases of the image” (Baudrillard 2010:6) that lead to the creation of a simulacrum. The compelling intersections between the creation of Baudrillardian simulacra and the subversion of Lyotard’s grand narratives are explored within selected scenes which are deconstructed by means of film narratology, semiotic analysis and narrative analysis. The combination of the various methods of media research in this thesis enables what Jane Stokes calls “a more textured understanding” (2008:27) of the films under discussion. A close reading from a semiotic point of view facilitates a deconstruction of some obscure elements, such as the embedded meaning in lyrics and dialogue or the messages implicit in the mise en scène. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (96 pages)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Postmodern Film en
dc.subject Jean-François Lyotard en
dc.subject Grand Narratives en
dc.subject Jean Baudrillard en
dc.subject Hyperreality en
dc.subject Simulacra en
dc.subject Semiotics en
dc.subject Narratology en
dc.subject Quentin Tarantino en
dc.subject Mise en scène en
dc.subject.ddc 791.4301
dc.subject.lcsh Baudrillard, Jean, 1929-2007
dc.subject.lcsh Lyotard, Jean-Francois 1924-1998
dc.subject.lcsh Motion pictures -- Philosophy
dc.subject.lcsh Postmodernism -- Social aspects
dc.title Intersections : Baudrillard's hyperreality and Lyotard's metanarratives in selected Tarantino Visual Tropes en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department English Studies en M. A.

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