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Turn of the Screw
Third EditionHenry James, Edited by Peter G. Beidler©2010
This volume presents the text of the New York Edition of James’s classic 1898 short novel, along with documents that place the work in historical context and critical essays that read The Turn of the Screw from several contemporary critical perspectives. The text and essays are complemented by biographical and critical introductions, bibliographies, and a glossary of critical and theoretical terms. In this third edition, a new section details in unique depth the revisions James made from the serialized Colliers Weekly edition to the New York Edition. New documents and illustrations enhance the historical contexts section, and new psychoanalytic essay with a Lacanian perspective appears in the section of contemporary criticism.
Table of Contents
PART ONE The Turn of the Screw: The Complete Text and Revisions Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts Photograph of Henry James and William James (1900) The Complete Text James's Revisions to The Turn of the Screw PART TWO The Turn of the Screw in Cultural Context THE VICTORIAN GOVERNESS IN FACT GEORGE GOODWIN KILBURNE, "The Introduction." MARIA EDGEWORTH, "It is the worst thing in the world to leave children with servants." (1798) ANNA JAMESON, "The occupation of governess is sought merely through necessity." (1846) MARY MAURICE, "Many were the daughters of clergymen." (1847) MARIA ABDY, "Our governess left us, dear brother." (1838) ANONYMOUS, "My first application was made at the 'Governesses' Institution' in Harley Street." (1858) Illustration, Governesses' Benevolent Institution in Harley Street ANONYMOUS, "The only profession open to an educated woman of average ability." (1858) ANONYMOUS, "An epidemic madness to make them governesses." (1859) THE VICTORIAN GOVERNESS IN FICTION Illustration, Title page for The Roving Bee (1855) ELIZABETH POPE WHATELY, "Her anxiety and her responsibility cannot well be shared by any one." (1855) ROSA NOUCHETTE CAREY, "It was decided that I should come on trial as Sybil's governess." (1888) THE VICTORIAN GHOST IN FACT JOHN LA FARGE, Illustration (1898) ERIC PAPE, Five Illustrations (1898) REV. B. F. WESTCOTT, "A sufficient number of clear and well-attested cases." (1851) EDMUND GURNEY, "The testimony of trustworthy and intelligent witnesses." (1886) WILLIAM T. STEAD, "The absurd delusion that there is no such thing as ghosts." (1897) MRS. VATAS-SIMPSON, "There must be some foundation for the rumours." (1885) MISS C., "I plainly saw the figure of a female dressed in black." (1885) MRS. G. "What has happened to the children?" (1889) THE VICTORIAN GHOST IN FICTION TOM GRIFFITHS, Illustration, "The Haunted House." (1891) EDWARD BULWER LYTTON, "Really haunted? -- and by what? -- ghosts?" (1859) RHODA BROUGHTON, "Him! but who is him?" (1872) HENRY JAMES, "In God's name who is he -- what is he?" (1891) REACTIONS, 1898 "A horribly successful study of the magic of evil." "The deep mistake of writing the story." "The most monstrous and incredible ghost-story." "A tale of the Poe sort." "Lesbian love" and "pederastic passion." HENRY JAMES RESPONDS, 1998 To Arthur C. Benson: "The ghostly and ghastly." To Louis Waldstein, M.D.: "My bogey-tale dealt with things so hideous." To H. G. Wells: "I had to rule out subjective complications." To Frederic W. H. Myers: "The most infernal imaginable evil and danger." HENRY JAMES'S PREFACE TO THE 1908 EDITION PART THREE The Turn of the Screw: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism A Critical History of The Turn of the Screw Reader-Response Criticism and The Turn of the Screw What Is Reader-Response Criticism? Reader-Response Criticism: A Selected Bibliography A Reader-Response Perspective WAYNE C. BOOTH, "He began to read to our hushed little circle": Are We Blessed or Cursed by Our Life with The Turn of the Screw? Psychoanalytic Criticism and The Turn of the Screw What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism? Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography A Psychoanalytic Perspective: GREG W. ZACHARIAS, "The extraordinary flight of heroism the occasion demanded of me": Fantasy and Confession in The Turn of the Screw Gender Criticism and The Turn of the Screw What Is Gender Criticism? Gender Criticism: A Selected Bibliography A Gender Studies Perspective: PRISCILLA L. WALTON, "He took no notice of her; he looked at me": Subjectivities and Sexualities in The Turn of the Screw Marxist Criticism and The Turn of the Screw What Is Marxist Criticism? Marxist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography A Marxist Perspective: BRUCE ROBBINS, "The don't much count, do they?": The Unfinished History of The Turn of the Screw Combining Perspectives on The Turn of the Screw Combining Perspectives: SHEILA TEAHAN, "I caught him, yes, I held him": The Ghostly Effects of Reading (in) The Turn of the Screw Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms About the Contributors