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Dean Koontz: A Critical Companion
     

Dean Koontz: A Critical Companion

by Joan Kotker
 

One of the most prolific and popular contemporary novelists, Dean Koontz has captivated both young and mature readers alike. This critical companion examines his mature fiction, including his most popular recent novels, Watchers, Lightning, Dark Rivers of the Heart, and Intensity. Its intention is to provide both conventional and

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One of the most prolific and popular contemporary novelists, Dean Koontz has captivated both young and mature readers alike. This critical companion examines his mature fiction, including his most popular recent novels, Watchers, Lightning, Dark Rivers of the Heart, and Intensity. Its intention is to provide both conventional and alternative readings so that students and readers who love Koontz's fiction can develop their critical skills. Other novels examined in depth are Phantoms, Strangers, Midnight, The Bad Place, and Mr. Murder. Seven other Dean Koontz novels are examined in comparison to these as well.

A biographical chapter sketches Dean Koontz's background and suggests ways in which growing up as the child of an abusive alcoholic has affected his work. A chapter on genre shows that Koontz combines elements from a number of genres in his writing and that his novels are moving in the direction of mainstream fiction. Kotker's discussion of Koontz's increasingly somber world view shows him to be a writer deeply concerned with issues of individual freedom. Each chapter deals with one novel in depth while making comparisons to other novels in his canon. Plot, character development, setting, point of view, and thematic issues are discussed for each novel. Kotker also examines each novel from an alternative critical approach, providing the reader with an additional perspective. Because of its easy-to-use format and thorough critical approach, this book will be a key purchase for school and public libraries whose students and patrons read Dean Koontz.

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A new critical companion reader from the popular writers series highlighting the work of Dean Koontz, the prince of horror fiction, and giving students and fans an opportunity to learn valuable literary analysis skills. Each of Koontz's novels is examined in terms of genre, plot, setting, theme, character development, and point of view. A notable scholar working within a specific critical field also demonstrates how, for example, a feminist might analyze one of the author's novels. The introduction supplies biographical information and ties it to Koontz's canon. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313295287
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/1996
Series:
Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 6.42(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

JOAN G. KOTKER teaches English at Bellevue Community College in Bellevue, Washington. She created and teaches a course on popular literature. Her essays on popular fiction have been published in It's a Print, In the Beginning, Women Times Three, Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing and Great Women Mystery Writers (Greenwood Press, 1994).

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