Critical Perspectives on Hulu's 'Castle Rock'

deadline for submissions: 
July 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Alissa Burger/Culver-Stockton College and Jennifer Collins/SUNY Delhi
contact email: 

The Hulu series Castle Rock (2018 – 2019) occupies a unique textual space that both builds upon and transcends traditional notions of adaptation in its approach to Stephen King’s canon, engaging with the significance of place, intersecting narratives, and multiple worlds. As stated in the opening credits, Castle Rock is ‘based on characters and settings by Stephen King’, but it uses those established elements to create something original, telling new stories, building on iconic characters and creating compelling tales for new ones, situated within one of King’s signature Maine towns. Through this positioning, Castle Rock is able to reimagine and expand upon King’s work, world, characters and interconnections, participating in acts of both adaptation and creation, reflecting on King’s influence on the larger landscapes of horror and popular culture.

We are seeking proposals that critically analyze Castle Rock from a range of theoretical perspectives, including but not limited to:

  • Castle Rock as adaptation of King
  • Castle Rock’s connection to other adaptations of King’s work
  • Castle Rock and Gothic traditions of place
  • Interconnections between past and present
  • The expansion of established King Castle Rock characters (Alan Pangborn, Pop Merrill)
  • Intersection of Castle Rock with King’s larger canon (Annie Wilkes, Jersualem’s Lot)
  • Representations of race, class, gender, disability, and neurodiversity in Castle Rock
  • Narrative structure (either of individual episodes or the series as a whole)
  • Role of storytelling and narrative construction in Castle Rock
  • Role of perception and perspective in Castle Rock

Please submit proposals of 300-400 words and a brief CV by July 15, 2021.

Contact Alissa Burger (aburger@culver.edu) and/or Jennifer Collins (collinjg@delhi.edu) with any questions.