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The Turn of the Screw



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  • The Turn of the Screw A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism
    The Turn of the Screw A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism


This volume presents the text of the New York Edition of James's classic 1898 short novel along with critical essays that readThe Turn of the Screwfrom contemporary reader-response, psychoanalytic, gender, and Marxist perspectives. An additional essay demonstrates how several critical perspectives can be combined. As in the first edition, the text and essays are complemented by biographical and critical introductions, bibliographies, and a glossary of critical and theoretical terms. Two of the six essays are new to the second edition, as is a selection of cultural documents and illustrations.

Table of Contents

The turn of the screw : the complete text in cultural context
Introduction : biographical and historical contextsp. 3
Cultural documents and illustrationsp. 121
Photograph of Henry James and William Jamesp. 122
Children and servantsp. 123
It is the worst thing in the world to leave children with servantsp. 123
The Victorian governessp. 128
The introductionp. 128
The occupation of governess is sought merely through necessityp. 128
Many were the daughters of clergymenp. 133
There is a strong prejudice against governessesp. 134
She is perfectly incompetent for her taskp. 135
Our governess left us, dear brotherp. 137
Apparitions and demonic possessionp. 139
Illustrationp. 139
Four illustrationsp. 140
A sufficient number of clear and well-attested casesp. 144
Common-sense persists in recognizing ... a single natural groupp. 146
The haunted housep. 149
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