MWF 11:15 AM – 12:10 PM
Stephen King is a giant in American literary fiction. His novels have sold over 350 million copies, he has written over 200 short stories, and dozens of his works have been turned into successful (and unsuccessful) film and television adaptations. This course will look at a small selection of King’s novels and stories spanning his entire career and pair them with their respective film adaptions. Students will engage and consider both literary and filmic texts with questions such as: Where does the difficulty in adapting a novel or story for film/TV lie? What themes are recurring in King’s work? How does King’s work speak to the wider American cultural zeitgeist? How does King navigate gender in his works? Does his position and characterization of gender change over time? Does it do so for better or for worse?