A Festschrift for Wolfgang Mieder’s 75th Birthday
Edited By Andreas Nolte and Dennis Mahoney
This Festschrift for Wolfgang Mieder, preeminent paremiologist and folklorist, combines personal tributes and scholarly papers by colleagues, friends, and former students – presented in three categories that address his roles as a mentor, scholar, and world citizen over many decades.
The central scholarly section likewise consists of three parts. The papers dealing with proverbs examine them as patterns, stereotypes, rhetorical devices, media for self-enchantment, and means of allusion in works by Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn, Chukovskaya, and Kempowski. A second group deals with fairy-tale motifs in literary works by Lehmann, Rabinowich, and Hummel. A third section includes topics ranging from James Bond to Stephen King, from runaway slaves to the Holocaust, and literature as cultural ecology.
American Echoes in Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me
Abstract: The film, Stand by Me, and the Stephen King novella, The Body, on which it is based share much in common with an American mythic tradition of transformative human interactions dramatized within the wilderness. An encounter with a bucolic nature becomes complicated, exposing the naïveté of young protagonists and then reconfiguring their identities.
The reasons why Stephen King continues to write tales that have appealed to massive audiences for the past half a century require a multifaceted answer. Some are drawn into King’s world because it is a place where monsters abound and subsist in multiverses that never existed and never will. Other readers come to his fiction for altogether the opposite reason, as for them King is revealing something important about the time and place in which he lives; indeed, Stephen King takes his writing no less seriously than other writers who do not have reputations so intimately aligned with gothic extravagances. As Simon Brown argues, “The idea of placing horrors within the real world was a key theme in King’s writing from the beginning, and one of the elements that contributed to his literary success.”1
For nearly half a century, Stephen King has been telling stories specifically about America. In The Stand, The Dark Tower, and The Mist he has warned America about its dark fascination with the matrix of technology and militarism; in Dolores Claiborne, Gerald’s Game, and Rose Madder he has revealed uncomfortable truths about patriarchal abuse...
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