From The Long Walk to The Outsider, Stephen King’s output reflects the major political concerns of the previous fifty years. This book, 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 in a book that surveys King’s corpus to address a wide range of issues – including the spread of neoliberalism, the Bush-Cheney doctrine, and the chaos of the populist present. Although his fiction outwardly declares itself to be anti-political – thus reflecting a widespread shift away from democracy in the aftermath of the 1960s – political energies persist just beneath the surface. Given the possibility of a political resurgence that haunts so many of his page-turners, Stephen King produces horror and hope in equal measure.
This is the very first study dedicated exclusively to politics in Stephen King’s fiction.
It is a window into the turbulent political climate of the U.S. today (via popular culture).
It is an exciting conversation between major political theorists and America’s most popular purveyor of horror
Michael J. Blouin PhD is Associate Professor of English and Humanities at Milligan College. His recent publications include Stephen King and American History, co-authored with Tony Magistrale (forthcoming).
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