2/23/18 – Stephen King’s Magical Negroes: A Reading

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In 2017 Stephen King launched four movies, two TV series, and two new books. King fan and cultural critic Scott Woods checks in on some of King’s…darker tendencies, specifically 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 include excerpts from “The Shining”, “The Green Mile”, “Mr. Mercedes”, and “Sleeping Beauties”, as well as other material. It will also include new observations on recent films “The Dark Tower” and “It”, as well as the “Mr. Mercedes” and “The Mist” TV series.

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 released in 2017 alone, 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.

Friday February 23, 2018
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm 
St. Philips Episcopal Church
166 Woodland Avenue, Columbus, OH
Admission: $5

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