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Transcendent Writers in Stephen King's Fiction
A Post-Jungian Analysis of the Puer Aeternus

ISBN 9780815396727
Published February 12, 2019 by Routledge
152 Pages

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Book Description

Transcendent Writers in Stephen King’s Fiction combines a post-Jungian critical perspective of the puer aeternus. Offering new insight into King’s work, it provides reconceptualisation of the eternal youth to develop a new theory: the concept of the transcendent writer.

Combining recent Jungian and Post-Jungian developmental theories, this analysis of a selection of classic King novels addresses the importance of the stories within King’s main narrative, those of King‘s writer-protagonists; an aspect often overlooked. Using these stories-within-stories, it demonstrates the way in which King’s novels illustrate their young protagonist’s trajectories into adulthood and delineates King’s portrayal of the psychological development of adolescence and their ambivalent experience of the world. This book demonstrates how the act of writing plays a crucial role for King’s writer-protagonists in their search for a stable identify, guiding us through their journey from disaffected youths to well-rounded adults.

Transcendent Writers in Stephen King's Fiction will be of interest to Jungian and post-Jungian scholars, philosophers and teachers focusing on the theme of psychological development and identity, and to those studying literature with a particular interest in horror.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Stephen King’s Transcendent Writers: Stereotypes or Archetypes?

Chapter 2: ‘The Body’

Chapter 3: Carrie

Chapter 4: The Shining

Chapter 5: ’Salem’s Lot

Chapter 6: Stories within Stories: Adolescence and Education



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Joeri Pacolet teaches philosophy in several schools in and near Leiden, The Netherlands.