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Andrew Stewart: Do Black Gunslinger Lives Matter?-Some Brief Thoughts On The Dark Tower Film | | Rhode Island Media Cooperative
While analogues regarding individual authors in their epoch tack towards the absurd, it is not unheard of to compare Stephen King with Charles Dickens. As Dickens was a romantic genre author par excellence in the epoch of the Industrial Revolution, a point mentioned in some biographies of his contemporaries Karl Marx and Frederich Engels, so King also has operated by such literary norms and modes in his career as a scribe heavily impacted by the 1960s and its New Left politics, brought home most evidently in the fact he named one of his children Joe Hill. In a century he will perhaps be pointed to as a sort of Dickens of neoliberal late capitalism from English language North America. As such the new adaptation of his Dark Tower series invites a particularly intriguing type of film criticism that can only be informed by those familiar with both his bibliography and that of New Left politics. While it would be a blasphemy to equate his novels with the work of Thomas Pynchon or even Gore