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The Resource America's dark theologian : the religious imagination of Stephen King, Douglas E. Cowan

America's dark theologian : the religious imagination of Stephen King, Douglas E. Cowan

Label
America's dark theologian : the religious imagination of Stephen King
Title
America's dark theologian
Title remainder
the religious imagination of Stephen King
Statement of responsibility
Douglas E. Cowan
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Who are we? Why are we here? Where do we go when we die? For answers to these questions, people often look to religion. But religion is not the only place seekers turn. Myths, legends, and other stories have given us alternative ways to address the fundamental quandaries of existence. Horror stories, in particular, with their focus on questions of violence and mortality, speak urgently to the primal fears embedded in such existential mysteries. With more than fifty novels to his name, and hundreds of millions of copies sold, few writers have spent more time contemplating those fears than Stephen King. Yet despite being one of the most widely read authors of all time, King is woefully understudied. America’s Dark Theologian is the first in-depth investigation into how King treats religion in his horror fiction. Considering works such as Carrie, The Dead Zone, Misery, The Shining, and many more, Douglas Cowan explores the religious imagery, themes, characters, and, most importantly, questions that haunt Stephen King’s horror stories. Religion and its trappings are found throughout King’s fiction, but what Cowan reveals is a writer skeptical of the certainty of religious belief. Describing himself as a “fallen away” Methodist, King is less concerned with providing answers to our questions, than constantly challenging both those who claim to have answers and the answers they proclaim. Whether he is pondering the existence of other worlds, exploring the origins of religious belief and how it is passed on, probing the nature of the religious experience, or contemplating the existence of God, King invites us to question everything we think we know
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cowan, Douglas E
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3561.I483
LC item number
Z6289 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • King, Stephen
  • Religion in literature
  • Theology in literature
Label
America's dark theologian : the religious imagination of Stephen King, Douglas E. Cowan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
America's dark theologian: reading Stephen King religiously -- Thin spots: what peeks through the cracks in the world -- Deadfall: ghost stories as God-talk -- A jumble of blacks and whites: becoming religious -- Return to Ackerman's field: ritual and the unseen order -- Forty years in Maine: Stephen King and the varieties of religious experience -- If it be your will: theodicy, morality, and the nature of God -- The land beyond: cosmology and the never-ending questions
Control code
sky291983093
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
242 pages
Isbn
9781479894734
Isbn Type
(cl : alk. paper)
Lccn
2017037991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
mv 07/18
Label
America's dark theologian : the religious imagination of Stephen King, Douglas E. Cowan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
America's dark theologian: reading Stephen King religiously -- Thin spots: what peeks through the cracks in the world -- Deadfall: ghost stories as God-talk -- A jumble of blacks and whites: becoming religious -- Return to Ackerman's field: ritual and the unseen order -- Forty years in Maine: Stephen King and the varieties of religious experience -- If it be your will: theodicy, morality, and the nature of God -- The land beyond: cosmology and the never-ending questions
Control code
sky291983093
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
242 pages
Isbn
9781479894734
Isbn Type
(cl : alk. paper)
Lccn
2017037991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
mv 07/18

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