Stephen King and American Politics

Michael J. Blouin

Stephen King and American Politics

Michael J. Blouin

Distributed for University of Wales Press

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $57.00 ISBN: 9781786836465 Will Publish March 2021 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
From The Long Walk to The Outsider, Stephen King’s prolific output reflects the major political concerns in America for the last fifty years. Stephen King and American Politics is the first sustained study of the complex ways in which King’s texts speak to their unique political moments. By exploring this aspect of the author’s popular works, readers might better understand the numerous crises that Americans currently face. Surveying King’s corpus to address a wide range of issues, including the spread of late capitalism, the Bush-Cheney doctrine, and the chaos of the populist present. Although his fiction may outwardly declare itself to be anti-political, political energies persist between the lines. Given the possibility of a political resurgence that haunts so many of his page-turners, Stephen King produces horror and hope in equal measure.
 
Contents
1. Prelude: The (Im)possible Politics of Stephen King’s Fiction
2. The Bachman Books and America’s Death Drive
3. King’s Cars and the Grinding Gears of Post-Fordism
4. Firestarter; Or, the Smelting of a Neoliberal Subject
5. IT, Individualism, and the Idea of Community
6. Interlude: The Langoliers and the Political Event
7. Human Capital in Rose Madder
8. Under the Dome and the Deteriorating Demos
9. The Outsider and the Shifting Shapes of Trumpism
10. Postlude: Revolutions of The Stand
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