Turn of the Screw

ISBN-10: 0312406916
ISBN-13: 9780312406912
Edition: 2nd 2004
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 11/6/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 386
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

Henry James, American novelist and literary critic, was born in 1843 in New York City. Psychologist-philosopher William James was his brother. By the age of 18, he had lived in France, England, Switzerland, Germany, and New England. In 1876, he moved to London, having decided to live abroad permanently. James was a prolific writer; his writings include 22 novels, 113 tales, 15 plays, approximately 10 books of criticism, and 7 travel books. His best-known works include Daisy Miller, The Turn of the Screw, The Portrait of a Lady, The Ambassadors, and The American Scene. His works of fiction are elegant and articulate looks at Victorian society; while primarily set in genteel society, James subtlely explores class issues, sexual repression, and psychological distress. Henry James died in 1916 in London. The James Memorial Stone in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey, commemorates him.

The turn of the screw : the complete text in cultural context
Introduction : biographical and historical contexts
Cultural documents and illustrations
Photograph of Henry James and William James
Children and servants
It is the worst thing in the world to leave children with servants
The Victorian governess
The introduction
The occupation of governess is sought merely through necessity
Many were the daughters of clergymen
There is a strong prejudice against governesses
She is perfectly incompetent for her task
Our governess left us, dear brother
Apparitions and demonic possession
Illustration
Four illustrations
A sufficient number of clear and well-attested cases
Common-sense persists in recognizing ... a single natural group
The haunted house

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