Rescue US: Birth, Django, and the Violence of Racial Redemption
AbstractIn this article, I show how the relationship between race, violence, and redemption is articulated and visualized through film. By juxtaposing DW Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, I contend that the latter inverts the logic of the former. While Birth sacrifices black bodies and explains away anti-black violence for the sake of restoring white sovereignty (or rescuing the nation from threatening forms of blackness), Django adopts a rescue narrative in order to show the excessive violence that structured slavery and the emergence of the nation-state. As an immanent break within the rescue narrative, Tarantino’s film works to “rescue” images and sounds of anguish from forgetful versions of history. View Full-Text
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Winters, J. Rescue US: Birth, Django, and the Violence of Racial Redemption. Religions 2018, 9, 21.
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Winters, Joseph. 2018. "Rescue US: Birth, Django, and the Violence of Racial Redemption." Religions 9, no. 1: 21.
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