The Films of Stephen King: From Carrie to The Mist

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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. 
An original collection of essays assembled on the cinematic adaptations of Stephen King and written by experts in cinema, television, and cultural studies, this work examines the most important films from the King canon, from Carrie to The Shining to The Shawshank ...

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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. 
An original collection of essays assembled on the cinematic adaptations of Stephen King and written by experts in cinema, television, and cultural studies, this work examines the most important films from the King canon, from Carrie to The Shining to The Shawshank Redemption. Focusing on the most intriguing aspects of these movies—race, gender, technology—this rich collection draws conclusions on their socio-political relevance in contemporary society. 

***With updated material on 1408The Mist, and more!

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Editorial Reviews

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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

"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

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

 

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230338302
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 998,242
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Magistrale is a 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

The Queen Bee, The Prom Queen, and the Girl Next Door: Teen Hierarchies in Carrie - Alison M. Kelly
Apt Pupil: The Making of a 'Bogey Boy' - Dennis Mahoney
• Maybe It Shouldn't Be a Party: Kids, Keds, and Death in Stephen King's Stand By Me and Pet Sematary - Jeffrey Weinstock
• Father Figure: Suffering and Salvation in Hearts in Atlantis - Gary Hoppenstand
• The Lonesome Autoerotic Death of Arnie Cunningham in John Carpenter's Christine - Philip Simpson
• Tonka Terrors: The Humor and Horror of 'Trucks' and Maximum Overdrive - Michael A. Arnzen
• The Long Dream of Hopeless Sorrow: The Failure of the Communist Myth in Kubrick's The Shining - Michael J. Blouin
• The Prisoner, the Pen, and the Number One Fan: Misery as a Prison Film - Mary Findley
• Redemption Through the Feminine in The Shawshank Redemption; or, Why Rita Hayworth's Name Belongs in the Title - Tony Magistrale *Christian Martyr or Grateful Slave?: The Magical Negro as Uncle Tom in Frank Darabont's The Green Mile - Brian Kent
• The Maestro: Race in the Films of Stephen King - Sarah Neilson
• Reaganomics, Cocaine, and Race: David Cronenberg's Off-Kilter America and The Dead Zone - Sarah E. Turbaner
• The Feminist King: Dolores Claiborne - Colleen Dolan
• Only Theoretical: Postmodern Ambiguity in Needful Things and Storm of the Century - Mary Pharr
Rose Red and Stephen King's Hybrid House of Horrors - Dennis Perry & Carl Sederholm
• Gardening for a New Generation of Horror in Secret Window - Ben Szumskyj
• Plucking Stems, Pulling Strings, and Pushing Agendas: The Consistency of Personal Failure and Mental Frailty in The Mist - Patrick McAleer

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