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Palgrave Macmillan

The Films of Stephen King

From Carrie to The Mist

ISBN 9780230338302
Publication Date December 2011
Formats Paperback Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

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. Written by cinema, television, and cultural studies scholars, this work examines 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. 
With updated material on 1408The Mist, and more!

TONY MAGISTRALEProfessor and Associate Chair of the English Department at the University of Vermont, USA. 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.

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

MICHAEL A. ARNZEN
MICHAEL J. BLOUIN
COLLEEN DOLAN
MARY FINDLEY
GARY HOPPENSTAND
ALISON M. KELLY
BRIAN KENT
DENNIS MAHONEY
SARAH NEILSON
DENNIS PERRY
MARY PHARR
CARL SEDERHOLM
PHILIP SIMPSON
BEN SZUMSKYJ
SARAH E. TURNER
JEFFREY WEINSTOCK

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'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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