Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 49, Issue 5, pp 327–340 | Cite as

“Let's Get Into Character”: A Narrative/Constructionist Psychology of Conversion in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction

  • Duane R. Bidwell


This paper engages the psychology of conversion through the 1994 prizewinning film Pulp Fiction, which features a “divine intervention” that sparks the conversion of a Los Angeles hit man. Given that film reveals the popular state of mind, this portrayal in Pulp Fiction suggests that a new form of conversion may be evolving in popular culture: a postmodern, narrative/constructionist account of conversion that could be a significant shift from previous psychological interpretations of the phenomenon.

conversion Pulp Fiction film social constructionism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Duane R. Bidwell
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Brite Divinity SchoolTexas Christian UniversityFort Worth
  2. 2.American Association of Pastoral CounselorsTexas

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