Dissecting Stephen King

Dissecting Stephen King

Tapping into the wellsprings of the gothic to reveal contemporary phobias, King invokes the abnormal and repressed sexuality of the vampire, the hubris of Frankenstein, the split identity of the werewolf, the domestic melodrama of the ghost ...

Author: Heidi Strengell

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 0299209741

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 308

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In a thoughtful, well-informed study exploring fiction from throughout Stephen King's immense oeuvre, Heidi Strengell shows how this popular writer enriches his unique brand of horror by building on the traditions of his literary heritage. Tapping into the wellsprings of the gothic to reveal contemporary phobias, King invokes the abnormal and repressed sexuality of the vampire, the hubris of Frankenstein, the split identity of the werewolf, the domestic melodrama of the ghost tale. Drawing on myths and fairy tales, he creates characters who, like the heroic Roland the Gunslinger and the villainous Randall Flagg, may either reinforce or subvert the reader's childlike faith in society. And in the manner of the naturalist tradition, he reinforces a tension between the free will of the individual and the daunting hand of fate. Ultimately, Strengell shows how King shatters our illusions of safety and control: "King places his decent and basically good characters at the mercy of indifferent forces, survival depending on their moral strength and the responsibility they may take for their fellow men."
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Science of Stephen King

The Science of Stephen King

In the meantime, medical doctors continued to teach Galen's anatomy, dissecting humans and animals to learn more about the body, the brain, the mind, ...

Author: Lois H. Gresh

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471782476

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Introduction: Where Science and Fiction Intersect -- From Proms to Cells: The Psychic World of Stephen King -- Carrie -- Firestarter -- The Dead Zone -- Hearts in Atlantis Cell -- The Green Mile -- On the Highway with Stephen King -- "Trucks"--They Came From Outer Space -- Dreamcatcher -- The Tommyknockers -- The Fourth Horseman -- The Stand -- Up the Dimensions with Stephen King -- The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger -- Insomnia -- Traveling in Time with Stephen King - The Langoliers -- Parallel Worlds -- "The Mists" -- From a Buick 8 -- The Dark Tower -- The Tailisman -- Longevity an Genetic Research - The Golden Years -- Evil, Obsession, and Fear -- The Tommyknockers -- Carrie -- The Talisman -- It -- The Stand -- Danse Macabre -- The Shining -- Misery -- "Night Surf."
Categories: Literary Criticism

Stephen King s Contemporary Classics

Stephen King s Contemporary Classics

Heidi Strengell, Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005), 236. 4.

Author: Philip L. Simpson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442244917

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 242

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This book looks at the more recent works of fiction by Stephen King as well as an examination of his nonfiction book, On Writing, published in 2000. Works discussed in this volume include Duma Key, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Under the Dome, Joyland, and Dr. Sleep.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Modern Stephen King Canon

The Modern Stephen King Canon

Stephen King, Song of Susannah (New York: Pocket Books, 2006), 447. 7. Ibid. 8. Heidi Strengell, Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to Literary ...

Author: Patrick McAleer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781498572798

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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In this collection recognized writers and scholars discuss and analyze Stephen King’s contemporary works. The contributors comment on and critique numerous aspects of King’s literature, including his take on violent criminals, his craft, and his use of the Gothic.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Stephen King s Modern Macabre

Stephen King  s Modern Macabre

Magistrale, Hollywood's Stephen King, 208. King, Storm, 376. Strengell, Dissecting Stephen King, 245–46. The Fallen King(dom) Surviving Ruin and Decay from ...

Author: Patrick McAleer

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786494002

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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As Stephen King has continued to publish numerous works beyond one of the many high points of his career, in the 1980s, scholarship has not always kept up with his output. This volume presents 13 essays (12 brand new) on many of King's recent writings that have not received the critical attention of his earlier works. This collection is grouped into three categories--"King in the World Around Us," "Spotlight on The Dark Tower" and "Writing into the Millennium"; each examines an aspect of King's contemporary canon that has yet to be analyzed.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Stephen King

Stephen King

... a collection of essays that examine King's work from a feminist point of view ; Dissecting Stephen King : From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism ( 2006 ) ...

Author: Rebecca Stefoff

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 0761441220

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 175

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Describes the life and writing career of the American author famous for his horror novels and stories, including "The Shining," "Carrie," and "Misery."
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Stephen King

Stephen King

Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism. Madison, Wisc.: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005. Terrell, Carol F. Stephen King: Man ...

Author: Michael Gray Baughan

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9780791098523

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 136

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Describes the life and writing career of the American author famous for his horror novels and stories, including "The Shining," "Carrie," and "Misery."
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Stephen King

Stephen King

Such books may well become the “next cottage industry in the publishing world,” he continues, as they “dissect every corner of the 'Stephen King Phenomenon.

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438115443

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 124

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Provides a biography of author Stephen King along with critical views of his work.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Stephen King

Stephen King

Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005. Terrell, Carroll E. Stephen King: Man and ...

Author: Tony Magistrale

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313352287

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 181

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This analysis of the work of Stephen King explores the distinctly American fears and foibles that King has celebrated, condemned, and generally examined in the course of his wildly successful career. * Presents separate chapters on major works of Stephen King, including The Shining, The Stand, It, Dolores Claiborne, and The Dark Tower * Includes a chronology of Stephen King's life and 40-year career * Offers a concluding interview with Stephen King
Categories: Literary Criticism

Excavating Stephen King

Excavating Stephen King

Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism. Popular Press, 2005. Stritof, Sheri “Estimated Median Age of First Marriage by Gender: 1890 ...

Author: James Arthur Anderson

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781793628633

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 258

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Excavating Stephen King: A Darwinist Hermeneutic Study of the Fiction combines approaches from science and literary theory to examine the canon of Stephen King’s fiction work in a single critical study. James Arthur Anderson has devised the concept of Darwinist Hermeneutics as a critical tool to combine evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, biology, and literary Darwinism with other more conventional critical theory, including structuralism, narratology, semiotics, and linguistic analysis. Using this theory, Anderson examines King’s works in terms of archetypes and mythology, human universals, affective emotions, and the organization of story to create maximum suspense. This method brings new insights into King’s stories and broader implications for storytelling as a whole.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Linguistics of Stephen King

The Linguistics of Stephen King

Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005. Print. Stroby, W.C. “Book to the Future.

Author: James Arthur Anderson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476668345

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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Stephen King, “America’s Favorite Boogeyman,” has sold over 350 million copies of his books, becoming in effect the face of horror fiction. His influence on popular culture has drawn both strong praise and harsh criticism from reviewers and scholars alike. While his popularity cannot be overstated, his work has received relatively little critical attention from the academic world. Examining King’s fiction using modern literary theory, this study reveals the unexpected complexity of 22 short stories and novels, from Carrie to End of Watch. The author finds King using fantasy and horror to expose truths about reality and the human condition.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Children and Childhood in the Works of Stephen King

Children and Childhood in the Works of Stephen King

“Stephen King's IT and Dreamcatcher on Screen: Hegemonic White Masculinity and ... Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism.

Author: Debbie Olson

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781793600134

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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This unique and timely collection examines childhood and the child character throughout Stephen King’s works, from his early novels and short stories, through film adaptations, to his most recent publications. King’s use of child characters within the framework of horror (or of horrific childhood) raises questions about adult expectations of children, childhood, the American family, child agency, and the nature of fear and terror for (or by) children. The ways in which King presents, complicates, challenges, or terrorizes children and notions of childhood provide a unique lens through which to examine American culture, including both adult and social anxieties about children and childhood across the decades of King’s works.
Categories: Social Science

Stephen King and American Politics

Stephen King and American Politics

Strengell, Heidi, Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism (Madison, WI: Popular Press, 2005). Suskind, Ron, 'Faith, Certainty and ...

Author: Michael J. Blouin

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9781786836489

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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From The Long Walk to The Outsider, Stephen King’s output reflects the major political concerns of the previous fifty years. This book is the first sustained study of the complex ways in which King’s texts speak to their unique political moments. By exploring this aspect of the author’s popular works, readers might better understand the numerous crises that Americans currently face – the book surveys King’s corpus to address a wide range of issues, including the spread of neoliberalism, the Bush-Cheney doctrine, and the chaos of the populist present. Although the fiction outwardly declares itself to be anti-political (thus reflecting a widespread shift away from democracy in the aftermath of the 1960s), political energies persist just beneath the surface. Given the possibility of a political resurgence that haunts so many of his page-turners, Stephen King produces horror and hope in equal measure.
Categories: Fiction

Violence in the Films of Stephen King

Violence in the Films of Stephen King

... 2018), John Sears's Stephen King's Gothic (Cardiff, UK: University of Wales Press, 2011), Heidi Strengell's Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to ...

Author: Michael J. Blouin

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781793635808

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

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Contributors analyze the theme of violence in the film adaptations of Stephen King’s work, ranging from his earliest movies to the most recent, through a variety of lenses.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

How to Analyze the Works of Stephen King

How to Analyze the Works of Stephen King

Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005. 145. 5. Sharon A. Russell.

Author: Marcia Amidon Lüsted

Publisher: ABDO

ISBN: 1616135360

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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This title explores the creative works of famous novelist Stephen King. Books analyzed include Carrie, The Green Mile, The Stand, and the Dark Tower series. Clear, comprehensive text gives background biographical information of King. “You Critique It” feature invites readers to analyze other creative works on their own. A table of contents, timeline, list of works, resources, source notes, glossary, and an index are also included. Essential Critiques is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Inside the Dark Tower Series

Inside the Dark Tower Series

Art, Evil and Intertextuality in the Stephen King Novels Patrick McAleer. Pharr, Mary. ... Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism.

Author: Patrick McAleer

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786452835

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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Stephen King is no stranger to the realm of literary criticism, but his most fantastic, far-reaching work has aroused little academic scrutiny. This study of King’s epic Dark Tower series encompasses the career of one of the world’s best-selling authors and frames him as more than a “horror writer.” Four categories of analysis—genre, art, evil, and intertextuality—provide a focused look at the center of King’s fictional universe. This book reaches beyond popular culture treatments of the series and examines it against King’s horror work, audience expectations, and the larger literary landscape.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Many Lives of It

The Many Lives of It

Essays on the Stephen King Horror Franchise Ron Riekki. 13. Holmes, Martha Stoddard. ... Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism.

Author: Ron Riekki

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476680187

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 210

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After its publication in 1986, Stephen King's novel It sparked sequels, remakes, parodies and solidified an entire genre: clown horror. Decades later, director Andy Muschietti revitalized King's popular novel, smashing all box office expectations with the release of his 2017 film It. At the time of its release, the movie set the record for the world's highest-grossing horror film. Examining the legacy of the controversial cult novel, the 2017 box office sensation and other incarnations of the demonic clown Pennywise, this collection of never-before-published essays covers the franchise from a variety of perspectives. Topics include examinations of the carnivalesque in both the novel and films, depictions of sexuality and theology in the book, and manifestations of patriarchy and the franchise, among other diverse subjects.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Quest for the Dark Tower

The Quest for the Dark Tower

Genre and Interconnection in the Stephen King Series Alissa Burger. Reino, Joseph. ... Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism.

Author: Alissa Burger

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476642802

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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A sprawling epic that encompasses many worlds, parallel and alternate timelines, and the echoes between these disconnects, Stephen King's Dark Tower series spans the entirety of King's career, from The Gunslinger (limited edition 1982; revised in 2003) to The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012). The series has two distinctive characteristics: its genre hybridity and its interconnection with the larger canon of King's work. The Dark Tower series engages with a number of distinct and at times dissonant genre traditions, including those of Arthurian legend, fairy tales, the fantasy epic, the Western, and horror. The Dark Tower series is also significant in its cross-references to King's other works, ranging from overt connections like characters or places to more subtle allusions, like the sigil of the Dark Tower's Crimson King appearing in the graffiti of other realities. This book examines these connections and genre influences to consider how King negotiates and transforms these elements, why they matter, and the impact they have on one another and on King's work as a whole.
Categories: Literary Criticism

American Literature in Transition 1980 1990

American Literature in Transition  1980   1990

Andrea Chambers, “Author Stephen King's Spooky Amex Commercial Caps a Decade of ... 17 Heidi Strengell, Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to Literary ...

Author: D. Quentin Miller

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108246514

Category: Literary Criticism

Page:

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History has not been kind to the 1980s. The decade is often associated with absurd fashion choices, neo-Conservatism in the Reagan/Bush years, the AIDS crisis, Wall Street ethics, and uninspired television, film, and music. Yet the literature of the 1980s is undeniably rich and lasting. American Literature in Transition, 1980–1990 seeks to frame some of the decade's greatest achievements such as Toni Morrison's monumental novel Beloved and to consider some of the trends that began in the 1980s and developed thereafter, including the origins of the graphic novel, prison literature, and the opening of multiculturalism vis-à-vis the 'canon wars'. This volume argues not only for the importance of 1980s American literature, but also for its centrality in understanding trends and trajectories in all contemporary literature against the broader background of culture. This volume serves as both an introduction and a deep consideration of the literary culture of our most maligned decade.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Exploring the Macabre Malevolent and Mysterious

Exploring the Macabre  Malevolent  and Mysterious

Critics classify King's divergence from one strict literary ... Strengell, Dissecting Stephen King: From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism, 18.

Author: Matthew Hodge

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527560055

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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In this unique volume, a number of scholars spanning diverse areas and backgrounds offer fresh insight into how perceived concepts of horror and dark subject matter influence cultures and societies around the world. The contributions here explore how topics considered disturbing, mysterious, or fascinating are found not only in works of fiction and entertainment, but also in the cultural fabrics, belief systems, artistic creations, and even governmental structures of societies. Topics discussed in this book include witchcraft, voodoo, zombies, spiritualism, serial killers, monsters, cemeteries, pop culture entertainment, and the sublime in transcendental experiences. As the academic study of horror becomes more mainstream, collections such as this are instrumental in realizing just how much it impacts our lives—past, present, future, and imaginary. Thus, this volume of intriguing and profound topics offers scholars, students, and lovers of learning a much-needed fresh and innovative intellectual exploration of the horror genre and the cultural fascination with the mysterious unknown.
Categories: Social Science