Majidova Ilaha Adil Azerbaijan University of Languages
Abstract. This article analyzes the image of the child and the concept of childhood in Stephen King’s stories in the context of contemporary American literature in a wider context. For this purpose, the figure of the child is investigated diachronically and synchronically and the child characters in S. King’s major stories are examined in mythological, psychoanalytic and sociocultural aspects. Linkages are made with the relevant authors who may have impacted the writer. The author of the article concludes that, unlike his contemporaries, King portrays the children as innocent victims of the irrational evil forces and illustrates how they mature into adulthood as they undergo all the ordeals carrying their childhood traumas throughout their lives.
Key words and phrases: Ñ. Êèíã, îáðàç ðåáåíêà, ôàíòàñòèêà, èíôàíòèëüíàÿ ðåãðåññèÿ, êîíöåïöèÿ äåòñòâà, Stephen King, child’s image, horror fiction, infantile regression, concept of childhood.
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