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Palgrave Macmillan

The Films of Stephen King

From Carrie to Secret Window

ISBN 9780230610583
Publication Date February 2008
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover Paperback 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. 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. 

Tony Magistrale is Professor and Associate Chair of the English Department at the University of Vermont. 

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: Miseryas 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. Turner * 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 and Carl Sederholm * Gardening for a New Generation of Horror in Secret Window- Ben Szumskyj

Alison M. Kelly * Dennis Mahoney * Jeffrey Weinstock * Gary Hoppenstand * Philip Simpson * Michael A. Arnzen * Michael J. Blouin * Mary Findley * Tony Magistrale *Brian Kent * Sarah Neilson * Sarah E. Turner * Colleen Dolan * Mary Pharr * Dennis Perry* Carl Sederholm * Ben Szumskyj


EndorsementsPraise for Magistrale's Hollywood's Stephen King:'A great read, insightful and intelligent…Tony has helped me improve my reputation from an ink-stained wretch popular novelist to an 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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