Take me for a ride in your man eater: the constraints of gynophobia in stephen king’s *christine.*

Kelso, Sylvia (1996) Take me for a ride in your man eater: the constraints of gynophobia in stephen king’s *christine.*. Paradoxa: studies in world literary genres, Volume 2 (2). pp. 263-267.

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For the twelve years between 1995 and its publication in 1983, Stephen King’s Christine has had the same cover illustration. At the top, a steel-blue, oversize “KING” signals a popularity independent of semiotic genre signifiers; this inveterate user of brand-names is becoming a brand-name himself. At the bottom, the product is distinguished by a modest white Christine. Between, on a cover blood-red as its paint, the car squats before its garage-den. In a victim’s-eye perspective that spreads the book’s width, the windscreen and cab, all the human spaces of the car, dwindle behind the curve of bonnet that widens to double lights and from the lights to monstrous chrome expanses of ‘50s bumper-bar. Centring the illustration, a V focuses the eye on the radiator that will become the novel’s recurring nightmare: “”Christine lunges out at me, her grille snarling like an open mouth full of chrome teeth” (King, Christine 76).

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