9/28/17 – Stephen King’s Magical Negroes: A Reading


2017 is the year Stephen King pays all the bills. The author is launching two movies, two TV series, and two new books this year. So it’s time for writer, King fan, and cultural critic Scott Woods to check in on some of King’s…darker tendencies, aka how King uses black people in his work.

Woods’ lecture includes the reading of excerpts from various works by King, examining the issues around his use of the “Magical Negro” trope and black characters in general, as well as how his use of them relates to creative freedom, self-expression, and narrative license. Readings will include excerpts from “The Shining”, “The Stand”, “The Green Mile”, “Mr. Mercedes”, as well as other material. It will also include new observations on the forthcoming films “The Dark Tower” and “It”, as well as the “Mr. Mercedes” and “The Mist” TV series. (The new book, “Sleeping Beauties” may be included if it has relevant material, but this won’t be known until its release on September 26).

Previous versions of this talk included most of the black characters in King’s universe at the time, but with the volume of reimagined and transitioning characters from print to film in 2017, it’s time for a temperature check. In 2014 Woods published a notable essay on King and his use of the Magical Negro device in Union Station Magazine. The reading will conclude with a Q&A.

Thursday September 28, 2017
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Kafe Kerouac
2250 N. High Street, Columbus, OH
Admission: $5


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