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Author: Folio Jessica

Title: A Hypnotising Dance of Bodies

Subtitle: The Case of Stephen King

Journal: Journal of Literature and Art Studies

Volume: 6

Issue: 3

Year: March 2016

Pages: 209-225

ISSN: 2159-5836 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 2159-5844 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | American History: U.S. History | Representations: Literary Texts / Stephen King


Link: David Publishing (Free Access)


Abstract: »King’s narratives exemplify the themes of the uncanny, of masking and unmasking, of the corporeal otherisation and of the questioning of identity. This paper is an invitation to go beyond what may commonly be thought of as a uniform looking-glass so as to discover King’s particular treatment of the body. Far from shying away from sexuality, the American writer depicts it in an ambivalent or disguised manner (Thinner, Mr. Mercedes, Christine, Misery, Cycle of the Werewolf). If the female body is mainly connected with the taboos of rape and incest (Gerald’s Game, Dolores Claiborne, Bag of Bones, Under the Dome), or with ungenderisation (The Tommynockers, Rose Madder), the notion of monstrosisation can nevertheless be applied to both male and female bodies (The Shining, Desperation, “The Raft,” “Survivor Type”). Oscillating between hypermonstration and avoidance, King pulls the strings of the fragmentation, even of the silencing of the body. The fissure impregnating the characters’ identity and bodies is enlightened by the shattering of the very connection between signifiers and signified, inserting the reader into a state of non-knowledge: a mesmerising dance of disembodied bodies within disembodied texts.« (Source: Journal of Literature and Art Studies)


  Introduction (p. 209)
  An Ambivalent Vision of Sexuality (p. 210)
  Sexuality and Its Taboo (p. 214)
  The Otherized Body (p. 219)
  The Corporeal Fragmentation (p. 221)
  The Non-knowledge of the Body (p. 223)
  Conclusion (p. 224)
  References (p. 224)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States / History of the United States (1991–present) | Literature: American literature | 20th-century American writers: Stephen King / Bag of Bones, The Stand, Under the Dome (novel)