Stephen King and American Politics

Author(s): Michael J. Blouin

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

Series: Horror Studies

  • January 2021 · 256pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Paperback - 9781786836465
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786836489
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781786836496
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786836472

About The Book

From The Long Walk to The Outsider, Stephen King’s output reflects the major political concerns of the previous fifty years. This book, Stephen King and American Politics, 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 in a book that 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 his 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.


1.Prelude: The (Im)possible Politics of Stephen King’s Fiction
2.The Bachman Books and America’s Death Drive
3.King’s Cars and the Grinding Gears of Post-Fordism
4.Firestarter; Or, the Smelting of a Neoliberal Subject
5.IT, Individualism, and the Idea of Community
6.Interlude: The Langoliers and the Political Event
7.Human Capital in Rose Madder
8.Under the Dome and the Deteriorating Demos
9.The Outsider and the Shifting Shapes of Trumpism
10. Postlude: Revolutions of The Stand

About the Author(s)

Michael J. Blouin

Michael J. Blouin PhD is Associate Professor of English and Humanities at Milligan College. His recent publications include Stephen King and American History, co-authored with Tony Magistrale (forthcoming).

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