Document Type

Master's Research

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

Advisor(s)

Michael Kaufmann

Date of Award

12-2011

Abstract

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.

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