Many academics dismiss Stephen King as a mere genre writer, an over-glorified bestseller who appeals to the masses, but lacks literary merit. This critical analysis of King's epic novel The Stand makes a case for the horror master as a literary writer. A careful consideration of The Stand's abstract themes, characters, setting, and text reveals how King's work brims with the literary techniques that critics expect of a serious writer and the haunting questions that mark enduring literature. A thoughtful deliberation on so-called "escapist" fiction in the world of literature as well as an informed examination of one of King's most famous books, this work paves the way for future studies of other King novels.
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Jenifer Paquette (Author)
Jenifer Paquette is a visiting instructor at the University of South Florida.