Henry James's Daisy Miller and the Turn of the Screw

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This guide helps new and experienced teachers capitalize on both the accessibility and the challenges of two of Henry James' most frequently taught works. The essays in the first part suggest background readings, critical texts and various teaching resources. In the second part, the essays cover different approaches to the works, including new-historicist, biographical, metatextual, and semantic perspectives. They also show how these novellas may be taught alongside their film adaptations and discuss their use in...
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Overview

This guide helps new and experienced teachers capitalize on both the accessibility and the challenges of two of Henry James' most frequently taught works. The essays in the first part suggest background readings, critical texts and various teaching resources. In the second part, the essays cover different approaches to the works, including new-historicist, biographical, metatextual, and semantic perspectives. They also show how these novellas may be taught alongside their film adaptations and discuss their use in composition courses. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873529211
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 86
  • Pages: 221
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Materials
Pt. 2 Approaches
Introduction 15
The difficulty with plain answers : introducing modernism by way of Henry James 18
The dialogism of modern women : a new-historicist pedagogical approach to Daisy Miller 28
"The hideous obscure" : historical backgrounds of The turn of the screw 39
The biography of Daisy Miller 46
"And he so dreadfully below" : teaching issues of social class in The turn of the screw 53
The governess as teacher in The turn of the screw 63
The matter of perception : American girls and English ghosts 72
Teaching Daisy Miller innocently 81
Daisy Miller and reception : lessons learned teaching Henry James in Europe 88
"Dramatise, dramatise, dramatise!" 94
Teaching theory through Daisy Miller 101
Teaching The turn of the screw and/as literary theory 111
Teaching The turn of the screw metatextually 118
Teaching ambiguity : The turn of the screw and Shoshana Fehnan's "turning the screw of interpretation" 127
The Jamesian turn : a primer on queer formalism 132
Mothers and others : anxieties over substitute mothers in The turn of the screw 143
Making masculinity visible : teaching Daisy Miller at an all-male college 151
An analytic turn : teaching The turn of the screw in the writing classroom 157
"Dishonoured and tragic, she was all before me" : Daisy and the governess in first-year composition courses 163
What the freshman knew : Jamesian ambiguity in the international composition classroom 169
Driving Miss Daisy : Peter Bogdanovich's Daisy Miller 177
"A matter of appreciation, speculation, imagination" : interpreting The turn of the screw and film adaptations 186
A visual approach to The turn of the screw 195
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