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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 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 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
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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