undergraduate thesis
Gothic Elements in Stephen King’s The Shining

Mateja Ilišin (2015)
TitleGothic Elements in Stephen King’s The Shining
AuthorMateja Ilišin
Mentor(s)Jadranka Zlomislić (thesis advisor)
The paper focuses on the origins of the Gothic genre and its evolution into the modern Gothic that is created by Stephen King. King uses the classic gothic elements and combines them with contemporary events in order to reformulate the genre and create a modernized version of Gothic. The motif of the haunted house, alongside its mysteries, represents the secrets of the protagonist’s mind and the psyche that is beyond rational control. The ancient prophecy is delivered through a scrapbook which forms a connection between the present and the past. The Gothic villain battles his inner demons throughout the entire novel – his alcoholism, his temper, and the remembrance of his abusive, alcoholic father and the classic Gothic heroine is helpless and obedient at first but King turns her into a modernized Gothic heroine who gradually develops into a mature woman who is able to fight for survival. A particular focus is given to the forbidden power/visions and the Gothic double which stimulate and intensify the horror and the macabre. The conclusions drawn from the detailed analysis strongly suggest the intensity of the influence of the Gothic elements that King installed in the novel. The horror in the novel does not come from the monsters that are a part of the hotel, but from the monsters that people can become under just the right influence of the surroundings.
Parallel title (Croatian)Elementi gotike u romanu The Shining Stephena Kinga
GranterSveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. angl.
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmePedagogy (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. paed.
Genreundergraduate thesis
Language English
Defense date2015-09-21
Parallel keywords (Croatian)The Shining Stephen King Gothic elements monsters
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
CommitterBernardica Plašćak