Master of Arts
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Stephen King has often been overlooked as a writer in the field of academics. King has often argued that the gap between popular and “literary” must be filled. Therefore, this thesis explores some of the various reasons why King’s literature has been disregarded, compares King to other popular, yet accepted writers, and argues King’s usefulness in the literature classroom—specifically to bridge the gap between popular and literary texts. This paper specifically examines ways King’s Misery could be a useful tool in introducing students to Literature and demystifying canonical texts.
Jaron Elkins (2011).
The Misery of Popularity: Stephen King in the Literature Classroom.