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Films of Stephen King: From Carrie to Secret Window

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Over seventy-five films have been made based either on Stephen King narratives or screen/teleplay scripts that King himself authored-yet this body of work has received very little scholarly attention. The Films of Stephen King is the first collection of essays assembled on the cinematic adaptations of Stephen King. The individual chapters, written by cinema, television, and cultural studies scholars, examine the most important films from the King canon, from Carrie to The Shining to The Shawshank Redemption. ...

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Overview

Over seventy-five films have been made based either on Stephen King narratives or screen/teleplay scripts that King himself authored-yet this body of work has received very little scholarly attention. The Films of Stephen King is the first collection of essays assembled on the cinematic adaptations of Stephen King. The individual chapters, written by cinema, television, and cultural studies scholars, examine the most important films from the King canon, from Carrie to The Shining to The Shawshank Redemption. Contributors focus on the most intriguing aspects of these movies: race, gender, and technology, and draw conclusions on their socio-political relevance.

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Praise for Magistrale’s Hollywood’s Stephen King:

"A great read, insightful and intelligent . . . Tony has helped me improve my reputation from ink-stained wretch popular novelist to ink-stained wretch popular novelist with occasional flashes of muddy insight."—Stephen King

"This book is a useful elucidation of King's work through the skewed lens of Hollywood."—Publishers Weekly Review

"Magistrale digs deeper than mere plots, excavating compelling and disturbing themes in the gothic oeuvre of the master storyteller; he deserves accolades for bricking a foundational context for interpreting the enduring visions of King."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230601314
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.31 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Magistrale is Professor and Associate Chair of the English Department at the University of Vermont. He has published twenty books and is widely considered one of America’s foremost scholars of horror film, gothic fiction, and the work of Stephen King.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors     ix
Introduction     1
The Queen Bee, the Prom Queen, and the Girl Next Door: Teen Hierarchical Structures in Carrie   Alison M. Kelly     11
Apt Pupil: The Making of a "Bogeyboy"   Dennis F. Mahoney     25
Maybe It Shouldn't Be a Party: Kids, Keds, and Death in Stephen King's Stand By Me and Pet Sematary   Jeffrey A. Weinstock     39
The Lonesome Autoerotic Death of Arnie Cunningham in John Carpenter's Christine   Philip Simpson     51
Tonka Terrors: The Humor and Horror of "Trucks" and Maximum Overdrive   Michael A. Arnzen     65
The Long Dream of Hopeless Sorrow: The Failure of the Communist Myth in Kubrick's The Shining   Michael J. Blouin     81
The Prisoner, the Pen, and the Number One Fan: Misery as a Prison Film   Mary Findley     91
Redemption through the Feminine in The Shawshank Redemption; Or, Why Rita Hayworth's Name Belongs in the Title   Tony Magistrale     101
Christian Martyr or Grateful Slave? The Magical Negro as Uncle Tom in Frank Darabont's The Green Mile   Brian Kent     115
White Soul: The "Magical Negro" in the Films of Stephen King   Sarah Nilsen     129
Reaganomics, Cocaine, and Race: David Cronenberg's Off-Kilter America and The Dead Zone   Sarah E.Turner     141
The Feminist King: Dolores Claiborne   Colleen Dolan     153
Only Theoretical: Postmodern Ambiguity in Needful Things and Storm of the Century   Mary Pharr     165
Rose Red and Stephen King's Hybrid House of Horrors   Dennis R. Perry   Carl H. Sederholm     177
Gardening for a New Generation of Horror in Secret Window   Benjamin Szumskyj     189
Bibliography     199
Index     209
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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    Would love to read it, but...

    Why is the ebook format $21 more expensive than the hardcover version?
    Doesn't make much sense.
    Other than that, it sounds like a good read...

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