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Epistolary Novels - Carrie by Stephen King

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Kathryn Cronin

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Transcript of Epistolary Novels - Carrie by Stephen King

Contemporary Epistolary Novels - Carrie
by: Kathryn Cronin, Sam Riedeman, and Keegan Rogers

Background and Formal Properties
Connection to Hunter
Mass Media
When available, personal confessions of horrible conduct were preferred by publishers to simple accounts of the events, apparently because such statements seemed to finesse the issue of authenticity while often providing vivid, immediate, and convincing details. Pg. 185 Hunter

Scientific-Based Media
The sense of filling in details, helping to write the full history of the times and ultimately reality itself, is prominent in most of these titles, however hurried on by the sensationalism or commercial greed. Pg. 185 Hunter
Discussion Questions
Question 1:
In both Frankenstein and Carrie, the reader is presented with a number of narrative voices, or narrators, that tell the story. How does this promote clarity and/or conversely how does it create more distrust due to their subjectivity?
Question 2:
How does Stephen King's use of the epistolary form differ from Mary Shelley? From Frances Burney? How does this adjustment of the form change the way in which the protagonist's characterization unfolds?
Works Cited:
Hunter, J. Paul. "Journalism: The Commitment to Contemporaneity."
Before Novels: The Cultural Context of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction
. New York: W. W. Norton &, 1992. 167-94. Print.
King, Stephen.
. 1st. New York: Random House, 1974. 1-301. Print.
King, Stephen. "Welcome to StephenKing.com."
Welcome to StephenKing.com
. Stephen King, 2013. Web. 10 Nov. 2013
Comparisons to the Text: Frankenstein
Personal Responses
My Name Is Susan Snell
We Survived the Black Prom
Black Prom: The White Commission Report
Carrie: The Black Dawn of T.K.
Reporting Media
New England AP Ticker
The Lewiston Daily
Westover (Me.)

Scientific Media
Ogilvie’s Dictionary of Psychic Phenomena
The Shadow Exploded

Westover (Me.) weekly Enterprise, August 19, 1966.
The Shadow Exploded: Documented Facts of Specific Conclusions Derived from the Case of Carietta White, by David R. Congress (Tulane University Press, 1981)
Carrie: The Black Dawn of T.K. (Esquire magazine, September 12, 1980) by Jack Graver
Ogilvie’s Dictionary of Psychic Phenomena
My Name Is Susan Snell, by Susan Snell (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1986)
Black Prom: The White Commission Report, New York: Signet Books, 1980
We Survived the Black Prom 1980, Reader’s Digest as a “Drama in Real Life” article
New England AP Ticker
The Lewiston Daily, Sunday September 7
Slang Terms Expanded: A Parent’s Guide, The Lighthouse Press 1985
Media Within Novel
Variety of narrative voices
Narrative interspersed with epistolary form
Horror story with a moral lesson
Both foreshadow what is to come
Constructed as a frame story - a narrative within a narrative
Epistolary form only uses letters
All of the narratives are told from a 1st person point of view
No frame story present, instead
uses a variety of narrators and narratives that provide a new POV into the main story
Epistolary form is varied
Narratives are a 3rd person omniscient POV
So what?
Timeless themes: isolation and loneliness
Epistolary form is still present in contemporary media
Horror stories - reliant on foreshadowing?
Subjectivity leads to doubt
Born in September 21st, 1947

Graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970 with a B.A. in English

Married his wife Tabitha King January of 1971 and now have three children
Stephen King
The book was released on April 5th, 1975

The book is set in the near future of 1979

Young adult literature


The Novel is Composed of Three Different Parts

Part 1 – Blood Sport

Part 2 – Prom Night

Part 3 - Wreckage

The Shadow Exploded
Carrie: The Black Dawn of T.K.
Ogilvie’s Dictionary of Psychic Phenomena
“Telekinesis: Analysis and Aftermath”
My Name Is Susan Snell
Prom Brochure
We Survived the Black Prom
New England AP ticker
Testimonies from Black Prom: The White Commission Report
The Lewiston Daily Sun
Slang Terms Explained: A Parent’s Guide
Third person omniscient

Back Story



Real Life Application


Immersible World

Narrative Fulfillment
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