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Dissecting Stephen King : from the Gothic to literary naturalism

Author: Heidi Strengell
Publisher: Madison, WI : University of Wisconsin Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Heidi Strengell shows that by tapping into the wellsprings of the gothic to reveal contemporary phobias, Stephen 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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Strengell, Heidi.
Dissecting Stephen King.
Madison, WI : University of Wisconsin Press, 2005
(OCoLC)607697592
Named Person: Stephen King; Stephen King; Stephen King
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Heidi Strengell
ISBN: 0299209709 9780299209704 9780299209742 0299209741
OCLC Number: 56921309
Notes: "A Ray and Pat Browne book."
Description: ix, 308 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: King, his world, and its character --
Interpreter of the postmodern condition --
King's brand of horror --
pt. 1. The gothic in King's works --
Abnormal and repressed sexuality (the Vampire) --
Hubris and death (Frankenstein's Monster) --
The gothic double (the Werewolf) --
The gothic melodrama (the Ghost) --
pt. 2. Myths and fairy tales in King's works --
The hero as a generic hybrid (Roland the Gunslinger) --
The antihero as a generic hybrid (Randall Flagg) --
Adapted and revised myths and fairy tales --
Mythical and fairy-tale themes --
pt. 3. Literary naturalism in King's works --
Free will and responsibility --
Genetic and sociological determinism --
Cosmological determinism and fate --
Metafictional determinism --
Conclusion --
Appendix : A note on previous criticism.
Responsibility: Heidi Strengell.
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"Heidi Strengell shows that by tapping into the wellsprings of the gothic to reveal contemporary phobias, Stephen 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 a manner of the naturalist tradition, he reinforces a tension between the free will of the individual and the daunting hand of fate."--Jacket.

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