A Spaghetti Southern: Landscapes of Fear in Django Unchained
Recorded at this year’s British Association of American Studies Conference, the latest Journal of American Studies podcast offers the opportunity to hear Professor Rob Kroes deliver his lecture on the interaction of the “Western” and the “Southern” in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. In the lecture, Professor Kroes traces Tarantino’s sources of inspiration as the filmmaker transplants Western fantasies, as imagined by Italian director Sergio Corbucci, back to the United States and fuses them with the imaginative world of the Southern.
Professor Kroes has been one of the leading scholars on our negotiations of “America” for more than 30 years. His recent work with the Journal of American Studies includes a study of the “Falling Man” photograph of 9-11 (November 2011) and “Musical America: Staging the USA to the Sounds of Music” (February 2014).