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Dissecting Stephen King : from the Gothic to literary naturalism

Author: Heidi Strengell
Publisher: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press/Popular Press, ©2005.
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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: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Strengell, Heidi.
Dissecting Stephen King.
Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press/Popular Press, ©2005
(DLC) 2004025717
Named Person: Stephen King; Stephen King; Stephen King; Stephen King
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Heidi Strengell
ISBN: 9780299209735 0299209733
OCLC Number: 646808892
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (x, 308 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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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