Readers may wonder if the world they are reading about is a mirror of reality, or if King has somehow given them the slip, substituting a world of dark magic and evil potential for the one they thought they recognized. I will conclude with a brief look at Kings style and consider the overall reasons for his popular appeal.
True, it is a style well known for blood, gore, and a basic plotline of scary monster-type kills lots of characters before getting killed by hero or the more Modern scary monster-type gets away with killing lots of characters despite the best efforts of the hero.
This reaction is typical of a multicultural approach to literaturethe theory is that a strong focus on classical canonized literature does not represent people beyond the PAGE 17 11 traditional dead white male and so literary critics ought to branch out and find other works that speak more directly to readers who are not white and male.
Trying to find more PAGE 36 30 than one chapter in a book devoted to the same novel is quite difficult. The question of Stephen King seems to begin with the crucial issue of where his works belongare they merely a relic of popular culture, something to be devoured and pored over by cultural studies critics, or can they be examined through the critical eyes of literary critics and survive to actually say something about modern literature?
If this is the case, can we call these page turners, with their minimalist insight into the human condition, literature? In this sense, at the very least, can Kings work be seriously examined.
Part of that appeal is due to his amazing ability to reel readers in with a good story, but there are many levels to Kings allure, and the horrific elements are only the beginning.
It may enhance the reading experience to think of the Walkin Dude Randall Flagg as the Devil, just as it may add to the overall believability of Lord of the Rings to see Sauron as Adolf Hitler, but this is only a sideline interpretationone that makes it too easy for readers to disregard anything else.
Readers are left wondering when their America became the horror landscape and when they lost track of the differences. Look at Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings; hes much better at evoking the horror and the dread of Mordor and the Dark Lord than he is at doing Gandalf.
But there has to be a reason for the longevity of the genre, a type that has been garnering fans from the s. The Stand begins with the flight of Thomas Campion and his family from a secure military institution. Stephen King is often associated with gothic, though the term gothic evokes images of vast castles haunted by tragic loss, or heroines terrorized by blackguard villains, and King rarely uses any of these devices.
However, King is often dismissed from literary circles because of the very genre in which PAGE 23 17 he chooses to write. Rowlings Harry Potter novels in class than Kings, but there is something to this writers work, for specialists and genre fans alike continue to find something compelling in his books.
Through the extraction of Aristotelian terror, readers realize that the real world should be appreciated, if only for the sake of what could possibly ha ppen should reality take a more sinister turn. Kings work appeals to Americans because it is about the world in which they livethe brand names they recognize, the comforts they utilize, and the cars they drive appear in the novel.
Hoppenstand and Browne posit that one of the reasons why King is so successful in a genre that is not mainstream is because he aims his stories at women and the young, and because these two groups presumably have the free time to read his works, these are the readers who make his books sell so many copies Hoppenstand and Browne suggest that women do not work full-time as men do, a somewhat dated notion 5.
Such exercises in vocabulary flexing may be literary in their use of language, but I believe that this style is not a requirement of literature. Such lofty notions of literature have come under fire in recent years from the same cultural studies critics that Bloom so detests; for instance, Terry Eagleton claims that this high-minded ideal only serves to distract the rabble from building barricades in the streets Culler Plato felt that the job of the poet was to educate his readers; therefore the aim of poetry is not essentially aesthetic, but the immortalization of the hero, and the poet must clothe all of the great deeds accomplished by the men of old with glory, and thus educate those who come after Marrou The answer to this question, on the surface, is no.
Trends in King scholarship continued along these lines untilwhen Michael Collings published The Stephen King Phenomenon the first book to really address the collection of existing King criticism.The Voltairian distinction between "scholars" and "good company" has autobiographical overtones.
the "good company" cherished by Voltaire consisted of a small group sharing special interests.” The demonstration is made a second time. The Best-Laid Schemes O’ Mice An’ Men (An important end time message to the English speaking peoples in the four corners of the Earth, and to the world in general.) SPECIAL PRE-PUBLICATION EDITION For Family and friends.
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