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Dissecting Stephen King [electronic resource]: From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism

Strengell, Heidi; Ebook Central - Academic Complete
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EBook; Book; Online
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Popular Press [Imprint] March 2006 Madison : University of Wisconsin Press Chicago : Chicago Distribution Center [Distributor]
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English
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Ray and Pat Browne Book Ser
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9780299209742, 0299209741 (Perfect)
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    a| Annotation b| &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;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.<br />&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;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."
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