The Turn of the Screw: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series

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Overview

This edition of James's classic novel presents the 1908 New York Edition along with five critical essays - newly commissioned or revised for a student audience - that read The Turn of the Screw from five contemporary critical perspectives. Each critical essay is accompanied by a succinct introduction to the history, principles, and practice of the critical perspective and by a bibliography that promotes further exploration of that approach. In addition, the text and essays are complemented by an introduction providing biographical and historical contexts for James and The Turn of the Screw, a survey of critical responses to the novel since its initial publication, and a glossary of critical and theoretical terms.

The governess of two enigmatic children fears their souls are in danger from the ghosts of the previous governess and her sinister lover.

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Presents the complete text of the 1908 New York edition of James's classic novel, followed by five critical essays written by prominent theorists discussing reader-response criticism, deconstruction, psychoanalytic criticism, feminist criticism, and Marxist criticism. No index but contains a glossary of critical and theoretical terms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312080839
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Series: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 313
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry James (1843-1916) was an iconic figure of nineteenth century literature. Among his many masterpieces are The Portrait of a Lady, The Bostonians, The Europeans, The Golden Bowl, and Washington Square. As well as fiction, James produced several works of travel literature and biography, and was one of the great letter writers of any age. A contemporary and friend of Robert Louis Stevenson, Edith Wharton, and Joseph Conrad, James continues to exert a major influence on generations of novelists and writers.

Biography

Henry James (1843-1916), born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, Sr., and brother of eminent psychologist and philosopher William James. He spent his early life in America and studied in Geneva, London and Paris during his adolescence to gain the worldly experience so prized by his father. He lived in Newport, went briefly to Harvard Law School, and in 1864 began to contribute both criticism and tales to magazines. In 1869, and then in 1872-74, he paid visits to Europe and began his first novel, Roderick Hudson. Late in 1875 he settled in Paris, where he met Turgenev, Flaubert, and Zola, and wrote The American (1877). In December 1876 he moved to London, where two years later he achieved international fame with Daisy Miller. Other famous works include Washington Square (1880), The Portrait of a Lady (1881), The Princess Casamassima (1886), The Aspern Papers (1888), The Turn of the Screw (1898), and three large novels of the new century, The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903) and The Golden Bowl (1904). In 1905 he revisited the United States and wrote The American Scene (1907). During his career, he also wrote many works of criticism and travel. Although old and ailing, he threw himself into war work in 1914, and in 1915, a few months before his death, he became a British subject. In 1916 King George V conferred the Order of Merit on him. He died in London in February 1916.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 15, 1843
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      February 28, 1916
    2. Place of Death:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

Table of Contents

PART I. THE TURN OF THE SCREW: THE COMPLETE TEXT IN CULTURAL CONTEXT
Biographical and Historical Contexts
The Complete Text [New York Edition, 1908]
Cultural Documents and Illustrations

PART II. THE TURN OF THE SCREW: A CASE STUDY IN CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM

Reader-Response Criticism
Wayne C. Booth
Psychoanalytic Criticism
Stanley Renner
Gender Criticism
Priscilla Walton
Marxist Criticism
Bruce Robbins
Combining Perspectives
Sheila Teahan

Glossary of Literary and Critical Terms

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    You have got to read this book

    The Turn of the Screw was THE most exciting book I have ever read besides R.L. Stine. There was so much action. And henry James has a genious way of writing suspense stories without letting you know too much. You suspect all of the characters and can never really narrow it down until the very end. I enjoyed this book so much that I will look into reading more of James' novels

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