Stephen King and American History

1st Edition

Tony Magistrale, Michael J. Blouin

Routledge
July 16, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 200 Pages - 15 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367493301 - CAT# 365241

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Summary

This book surveys the labyrinthine relationship between Stephen King and American history. By depicting American history as a doomed cycle of greed and violence, King poses a number of important questions: who gets to make history, what gets left out, how one understands one's role within it, and how one might avoid repeating mistakes of the past. This volume examines King's relationship to American history through the illumination of metanarratives, adaptations, "queer" and alternative historical lenses, which confront the destructive patterns of our past as well as our capacity to imagine a different future. Stephen King and American History will present readers with an opportunity to place popular culture in conversation with the pressing issues of our day. If we hope to imagine a different path forward, we will need to come to terms with this enclosure - a task for which King's corpus is uniquely well-suited.

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