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Stephen King as a Postmodern Author

Landais, Clotilde

Stephen King as a Postmodern Author

Series: Modern American Literature - Volume 61

Year of Publication: 2013

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2013. VIII, 105 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-1822-7 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.290 kg, 0.639 lbs

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Book synopsis

Although studies on Stephen King (1947–) traditionally belong to the field of popular culture, some of his work, such as The Dark Half and «Secret Window, Secret Garden,» give an insightful perspective on contemporary fiction. Drawing upon methods used in literary analysis and textual interpretation, this book proposes a new reading of Stephen King’s fiction as a literary reflection on the artistic identity of the writer and on writing and shows that horrific descriptions do not necessarily exclude metafiction. Stephen King as a Postmodern Author aims to serve as an introduction to major theories influencing contemporary American literature, such as narratology, psychoanalysis, postmodernism, and various theories of fiction.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Clotilde Landais is Visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University. She received her PhD in comparative literature from the University of La Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris). Her research and teaching include North American fantastic fiction, the fictitious writer and his ‘doppelgänger’, and translation theories. She notably published articles in the Colloque de Cerisy series, @nalyses, and Philip Roth Studies.


Modern American Literature: New Approaches. Vol. 61
General Editor: Yoshinobu Hakutani