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dc.contributor.advisorHunter, Adrian-
dc.contributor.authorPalko, Amy Joyce-
dc.description.abstractWhile most research in King studies focuses on Stephen King’s contribution to the horror genre, this thesis approaches King as a participant in American popular culture, specifically exploring the role the author-protagonist plays in his writing about writing. I have chosen Bourdieu’s theoretical construct of habitus through which to focus my analysis into not only King’s narratives, but also into his non-fiction and paratextual material: forewords, introductions, afterwords, interviews, reviews, articles, editorials and unpublished archival documents. This has facilitated my investigation into the literary field that King participates within, and represents in his fiction, in order to provide insight into his perception of the high/low cultural divide, the autonomous and heteronomous principles of production and the ways in which position-taking within that field might be effected. This approach has resulted in a study that combines the methods of literary analysis and book history; it investigates both the literary construct and the tangible page. King’s part autobiography, part how-to guide, On Writing (2000), illustrates the rewards such an approach yields, by indicating four main ways in which his perception of, and participation in, the literary field manifests: the art/money dialectic, the dangers inherent in producing genre fiction, the representation of art produced according to the heteronomous principle and the relationship between popular culture and the Academy. The texts which form the focus of the case studies in this thesis, The Shining, Misery, The Dark Half, Bag of Bones and Lisey’s Story demonstrate that there exists a dramatisation of King’s habitus at the level of the narrative which is centred on the figure of the author-protagonist. I argue that the actions of the characters Jack Torrance, Paul Sheldon, Thad Beaumont, Mike Noonan and Scott Landon, and the situations they find themselves in, offer an expression of King’s perception of the literary field, an expression which benefits from being situated within the context of his paratextually articulated pronouncements of authorship, publication and cultural production.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Stirlingen
dc.subjectStephen Kingen
dc.subjectLiterary Fielden
dc.subjectThe Shiningen
dc.subjectBag of Bonesen
dc.subjectOn Writingen
dc.subjectThe Dark Halfen
dc.subjectLisey's Storyen
dc.subjectDuma Keyen
dc.subjectAmerican Literatureen
dc.subject.lcshKing, Stephen, 1947- Criticism and interpretation-
dc.subject.lcshPopular culture United States 20th century-
dc.subject.lcshPopular culture United States 21st century-
dc.titleCharting Habitus: Stephen King, the Author Protagonist and the Field of Literary Productionen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophyen
dc.contributor.affiliationSchool of Arts and Humanities-
dc.contributor.affiliationLiterature and Languages-
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