Children and Childhood in the Works of Stephen King

Children and Childhood in the Works of Stephen King


  • Release: 2020-10-06
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
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  • File: PDF, 352 page
  • ISBN: 9781793600134
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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.

Inside the Dark Tower Series

Inside the Dark Tower Series


  • Release: 2014-01-10
  • Publisher: McFarland
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  • File: PDF, 200 page
  • ISBN: 9780786452835
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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.

Stephen King s American Vision from Childhood to Adulthood

Stephen King s American Vision from Childhood to Adulthood


  • Release: 2019
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  • File: PDF, 71 page
  • ISBN: OCLC:1149147483
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Stephen King's impact on modern Gothic horror and American culture is unquestionable. By examining three of his novels, this thesis analyzes what King reveals about culture and its inadequacies, especially concerning adolescence and trauma in American society during the 1970s and 1980s. The organization is chronological, beginning with his first novel Carrie (1974), moving to The Long Walk (1979), and finishing with IT (1986), what some critics consider his masterpiece. In Carrie, I will examine how King uses adolescent trauma as a tool to show how American cultural norms of conformity lead to segregation of Others and a generational legacy of "fitting in" via exclusion, scapegoating, and fanatical belief. I argue that King suggests trauma - the spectacle of trauma as well as the processes of gazing and staring inherent in that spectacle - can result from the enforcement of conformity while also serving as a window into the psyche of an individual as well as the psyche of the American culture. Moving from constructions of femininity to those of masculinity, The Long Walk shows how capitalism acts as a primary source of toxic masculinity by suggesting that this capitalistic way of understanding the world produces a type of collective trauma for the young men in the novel, whether by the rigid endorsement of heteronormative standards, the fear of falling over the homosocial cliff into the homosexual canyon, or through the uses of patriotism to control possibly "alternative" ways of being and experiencing the world. Setting this novel apart from Carrie is its focus on a collective trauma, rather than the individual trauma. Because of this shift of focus, the novel gives us a wider lens in which to view the traumas that are perpetuated by American culture. Also, Carrie follows that of a teenaged girl, while The Long Walk focuses almost exclusively on teenaged boys. This provides variety in who we see the trauma in as well and makes suggestion about gender roles at the s

It

It


  • Release: 2014-12
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  • File: PDF, page
  • ISBN: 1627153195
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Stephen King      s Modern Macabre

Stephen King s Modern Macabre


  • Release: 2014-09-04
  • Publisher: McFarland
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  • File: PDF, 220 page
  • ISBN: 9781476617459
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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.

The Modern Stephen King Canon

The Modern Stephen King Canon


  • Release: 2018-11-29
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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  • File: PDF, 272 page
  • ISBN: 9781498572798
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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.

We Are Not Good People

We Are Not Good People


  • Release: 2014-10-07
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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  • File: PDF, 514 page
  • ISBN: 9781451696790
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"The ethics in a world of blood are gray--and an underground strata of blood magicians has been engineering disasters for centuries in order to acquire enough fuel for their spells. They are not good people. Some practitioners, however, use the Words and a swipe of the blade to cast simpler spells, such as Charms and Cantrips to gas up one dollar bills so they appear to be twenty dollar bills. Lem Vonnegan and his sidekick Mags fall into this level of mage, hustlers and con men all. Lem tries to be ethical by using only his own blood, by not using Bleeders or "volunteers." But it makes life hard. Soon they might have to get honest work. When the pair encounters a girl who's been kidnapped and marked up with magic runes for a ritual spell, it's clear they're in over their heads. Turning to Lem's estranged master for help, they are told that not only is the girl's life all but forfeit, but that the world's preeminent mage, Mika Renar, has earth-shattering plans for her-- and Lem just got in the way. With the fate of the world on the line, and Lem both spooked and intrigued by the mysterious girl, the other nominates him to become the huckleberry who'll take down Renar. But even if he, Mags, and the simpletons who follow him prevail, they're dealing with the kind of power that doesn't understand defeat, or mercy."--Amazon.com

Lifers

Lifers


  • Release: 2014-12-11
  • Publisher: Jeff Somers
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Three twentysomething guys who transitioned from collegiate underachieving to corporate bottom feeding sketch out a plan to make a grab for some dignity. They will rob the publishing house that employs their only stable member and insults him on a daily basis. Being the bright, perceptive fellows they are, they all quickly realize it isn't about the money. For Phil "Dub" Dublen, it's a pissed off statement against a dull, meaningless job. For self-styled poet Trim, it's a chance to actually be as outrageous and anarchic as he needs to be. For Trim's roommate Dan, it seems to be something he does for the same reason he does everything: to vent some anger, having nothing to do. By the time their master plan is all said and done, nothing has been solved, nothing is better, and nothing, really, has changed. And in the slightly fractured wisdom of the larcenous trio, this surprises none of them.

Childhood s End

Childhood s End


  • Release: 2012-11-30
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks
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  • File: PDF, 258 page
  • ISBN: 9780795324970
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In the Retro Hugo Award–nominated novel that inspired the Syfy miniseries, alien invaders bring peace to Earth—at a grave price: “A first-rate tour de force” (The New York Times). In the near future, enormous silver spaceships appear without warning over mankind’s largest cities. They belong to the Overlords, an alien race far superior to humanity in technological development. Their purpose is to dominate Earth. Their demands, however, are surprisingly benevolent: end war, poverty, and cruelty. Their presence, rather than signaling the end of humanity, ushers in a golden age . . . or so it seems. Without conflict, human culture and progress stagnate. As the years pass, it becomes clear that the Overlords have a hidden agenda for the evolution of the human race that may not be as benevolent as it seems. “Frighteningly logical, believable, and grimly prophetic . . . Clarke is a master.” —Los Angeles Times

Children of the Corn

Children of the Corn


  • Release: 2016-05-22
  • Publisher: Vintage
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  • File: PDF, 16 page
  • ISBN: 9781101974049
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A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection Driving through the cornfields in rural Nebraska, Burt and Vicky run over a young boy—only to discover that they may not be responsible for his death. Out in the corn, something is watching them, and help is nowhere to be found. From the unrivaled master of horror and the supernatural, Stephen King. “Children of the Corn,” first collected in the extraordinary collection Night Shift in 1973 and then adapted into a horror film franchise of the same name, is a terrifying and unforgettable classic of the genre. An eBook short.