Other worlds than this: Stephen King's Dark Tower Gothic Multiverse

dc.contributor.advisor Matthew Sivils
dc.contributor.author Ripley, Charles
dc.contributor.department English
dc.date 2018-08-12T02:52:59.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T02:51:38Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T02:51:38Z
dc.date.copyright Wed Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2014
dc.date.embargo 2001-01-01
dc.date.issued 2014-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>The rise of multiverse cosmological models in the twentieth century birthed many texts, fictional or scientific, that navigated the potential of multiple universes. Stephen King's Dark Tower novels infuse gothic conventions with new possibilities and facets of meaning while simultaneously illuminating harsh narrative difficulties inherent to a multiverse.</p> <p>A study of King's innovations required the use of literary criticism of King and the gothic, scientific journals and works on the multiverse, and psychological or philosophical studies of the human mind and its relationship to the cosmos. King evokes the uncanny through both a living, wounded multiverse and infinite doubling across infinite worlds. The growing cosmic landscape, unable to be confined by stable borders or cartography signifies gothic fiction's attempt to map unstable moral boundaries. The dark tower, an ambiguously symbolic focalization point, places the gothic castle in every universe. Each iteration of the tower bears symbolic weight, from the conflict between empiricism and faith the mistreatment of women. Lastly, King uses a multiverse to weave himself into the fabric and legacy of American fiction, citing Chambers, Lovecraft, and Poe.</p> <p>The gothic dependence on a setting, e.g. haunted castles or landscapes, takes on new purpose in a multiverse. King's choice of a vast, infinite milieu for his magnum opus afforded him numerous opportunities to alter gothic convention. While the depths of a multiverse's narrative potential may never be fully plumbed, King's exploration of it indicates where future authors may travel.</p>
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dc.identifier.articleid 4718
dc.identifier.contextkey 5777408
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-326
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dc.subject.disciplines American Literature
dc.subject.disciplines Literature in English, North America
dc.subject.keywords Dark Tower
dc.subject.keywords Multiverse
dc.subject.keywords Stephen King
dc.title Other worlds than this: Stephen King's Dark Tower Gothic Multiverse
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thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
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