PJAS 16-3

Małgorzata Martynuska
Intertextuality in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown
Polish Journal for American Studies, vol. 16 (2022), pp. 29-42

Abstract: Intertextuality has frequently featured in postmodern literature and film. By mixing various genres, intertextuality enables a more flexible crossing of the film’s boundaries and allows filmmakers to experiment with artistic form. The film’s style or scenes resonate through other movies creating intertextual references. Hence, intertextuality is an approach that analyzes how one text is related to already available texts and discourses. Nonetheless, the successful perception of intertextual references requires a certain degree of comprehension ability from the film’s audience. This essay examines the intertextuality of Quentin Tarantino’s film Jackie Brown. The article has the three-fold aims: first, to analyze the movie as an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s crime novel Rum Punch; second, to highlight Jackie Brown’s tribute to the blaxploitation cinema of the 1970s; third, to focus on the film’s intertextual crossings with other movies and film genres.

Keywords: Quentin Tarantino, film adaptation, intertextuality, blaxploitation genre

DOI: 10.7311/PJAS.16/2022.03

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