Stephen King's Gothic

Author(s) John Sears

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

Series: Gothic Literary Studies

  • June 2011 · 288 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9780708323458
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708323465
  • · Paperback - 9780708324028
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783164714

About The Book

Explores the works of Stephen King, one of the world's best-selling horror writers, through the lenses offered by contemporary literary and cultural theory. This title argues that King's writing explores many of the issues analysed by critics and philosophers.


'Sears offers an insightful and nuanced analysis of how King's narratives both speak to and work against major Gothic writings, traditions and themes such as repetition, doubling and allusion, secrecy and concealment, the writer and the text, uncanny features of time and place, resurrection and its hazards, degeneration, abjection and monstrosity . . Sears has produced a sound critical examination of Stephen King's Gothic that is both thoroughly researched and highly readable. His study provides an opening for more serious and comprehensive critical examinations of King's work and suggests that King's fiction is best understood as part of an intricate intra- and inter-textual network. Sears' text is one of the few that offers an extended critical-theoretical engagement with King's writing, and it will be of interest to critics and fans of Gothic fiction alike.' Natasha Rebry - The Gothic Imagination


Chapter 1: Rereading King's Gothic Chapter 2: Carrie's Gothic Script Chapter 3: Disinterring, Doubling - King and Traditions Chapter 4: Genre's Gothic Machinery Chapter 5: Misery's Gothic Tropes Chapter 6: Gothic Time in The Langoliers" Chapter 7: 'This inhuman place' - King's Gothic Places Chapter 8: Facing Gothic Monstrosity Conclusion: King's Gothic Endings

About the Author(s)

Author(s): John Sears

Dr John Sears is a senior lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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