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Post on Postmodernism at Pulp Fiction

Assignment id 1007931
Discipline Writing
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The movie Pulp Fiction was an immediate box office success when it was released in 1994 and it was also well received by the critics, and famous for how it appeared to capture exactly a certain pre-millennial angst and dislocation in Western capitalist societies. The term post-modernist, often used to refer to architecture and art, was applied to this movie. The pulp fiction refers to popular books that are purchased in massive numbers by less well educated people and enjoyed because of their entertainment value. The implication is that the movie concerns matters of interest to this low civilization, but as this essay will show, in reality, the title is ironic and also the movie is a very intellectual presentation of issues at the center of contemporary western culture and philosophy. Ten years prior to Tarantino left Pulp Fiction, the academic and critic Frederic Jameson identified some of the key features of postmodernism, and debated if those were a genuine death from modernism, or just a continuation of the same rebellious themes. His paper on postmodernism tends towards the latter opinion, but at the same time prophetically pinpointed the essential departures which postmodernism has made out of what's gone before. Tarantino’s movie doesn't continue the debate in an academic manner, but rather presents a virtuoso visual performance of the ideas that Jameson could just dimly perceive. These thoughts include pastiche, a crisis in historicity and a blurring of the distinction between high culture and low culture. One means that Tarantino uses pastiche will be that he introduces quite nostalgic settings, like such as the restaurant putting of Jackrabbit Slim’s Diner. The décor is flamboyantly 1950s style, which isn't in keeping with the more modern sett...

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