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The ghost : the gothic melodrama in Stephen King's fiction

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Abstract:

King's fictional art consists of generic hybrids. In combining elements of the Gothic tale with other genres - such as realism, literary naturalism, myths, fairy tales, romanticism, and other elements of the fantastic - King enriches his fiction at the same time as he challenges the traditional limits associated with these genres. As I see it, the Gothic provides the background; myths and fairy tales make good stories; and literary naturalism lends the world-view implicit in King's fictional universe. This essay is designed to discuss Gothic genre traits in Stephen King's fiction.

Keywords: Stephen King; melodrama; the Gothic; the ghost

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ejac.24.3.221/1

Affiliations: University of Lapland.

Publication date: December 1, 2005

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