An Anatomy of The Turn of the Screw

Author: Thomas Mabry Cranfill
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292766173
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The ambiguous intent of Henry James’s horror story The Turn of the Screw has fascinated and divided its readers since its publication in 1898. The division arises between the apparitionists and the nonapparitionists in interpretation of the plot and the characters. Thomas Mabry Cranfill and Robert Lanier Clark, Jr., have here taken up the argument and made an interpretation of their own. The authors carefully considered the mountainous critical comment, studied James’s statements regarding his intent, and minutely scrutinized the story itself. After all this probing of opinions and following of clues and observing of human beings in action, they have come out strongly on the side of the nonapparitionists. The authors base their conclusion on analyses of character, centrally that of the governess, whom they consider the protagonist of the fearsome drama, but peripherally those of Mrs. Grose, the children, the uncle in Harley Street, and even the deceased Miss Jessel and Peter Quint. Relentlessly they relate every episode, action, and speech to the character of the governess and her relationships with those around her at Bly, picturing her as a psychological “case” whose abnormal mental state brings to those around her the inescapable misery they all suffer. The authors’ analysis unfolds as interestingly in terms of character and motive as if the reader did not already know what happens in James’s much-read story. It moves, moreover, with something of the same suspense as James’s horror tale, although the tension is intellectual rather than emotional. Each additional disclosure of evidence, the resolution of each situation, and the clarification of every puzzling ambiguity builds the analysis step-by-inevitable-step to its inescapable conclusion. The style of the analysis is graceful, urbane, and witty. The introduction gives an excellent appraisal of literary comment on James’s story and an illuminating summary of the literary “war” over the meaning of it; the bibliography provides an impressive list of books and articles on this subject, annotated to indicate in what particular ways each makes a contribution to the controversy.

The Turn of the Screw

Author: Henry James
Publisher: Xist Publishing
ISBN: 1623958369
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A Classic Ghost Story “Of course I was under the spell, and the wonderful part is that, even at the time, I perfectly knew I was.” ― Henry James, The Turn of the Screw The Turn of the Screw by Henry James is a ghost story novella originally published in 1898. A boy is expelled from school due to a horrible secret. This ambiguous story has been studied and adapted extensively and still makes for an intriguing read. This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you’ll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it. Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes

New Essays on Daisy Miller and The Turn of the Screw

Author: Vivian R. Pollak
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 9780521426817
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The introduction to this 1993 volume places James's fiction in the context of the family that conditioned his concern with the sexual politics of intimate experience. The essays that follow demonstrate the continuing appeal of his fiction through an analysis of two of his most widely read tales.

The Shape of Fear

Author: Susan Jennifer Navarette
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813147948
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During the last decades of the nineteenth century, Charles Darwin, Thomas Henry Huxley, Walter Pater and others changed the nature of thought concerning the human body and the physical environment that had shaped it. In response, the 1890s saw the publication of a series of remarkable literary works that had their genesis in the intense scientific and aesthetic activity of those preceding decades -- texts that emphasized themes of degeneration and were themselves stylistically decompositive, with language both a surrogate for physical deformity and a source of anxiety. Susan J. Navarette examines the ways in which scientific and cultural concerns of late nineteenth-century England are coded in the horror literature of the period. By contextualizing the structural, stylistic, and thematic systems developed by writers seeking to reenact textually the entropic forces they perceived in the natural world, Navarette reconstructs the late Victorian mentalité. She analyzes aesthetic responses to trends in contemporary science and explores horror writers' use of scientific methodologies to support their perception that a long-awaited period of cultural decline had begun. In her analysis of the classics Turn of the Screw and Heart of Darkness, Navarette shows how James and Conrad made artistic use of earlier "scientific" readings of the body. She also considers works by lesser-known authors Walter de la Mare, Vernon Lee, and Arthur Machen, who produced fin de siècle stories that took the form of "hybrid literary monstrosities." To underscore the fascination with bodily decay and deformation that these writers explored, The Shape of Fear is enhanced with prints and line drawings by Victor Hugo, James Ensor, and other artists of the day. This elegantly written book formulates a new canon of late Victorian fiction that will intrigue scholars of literature and cultural history.

The Turning

Author: Francine Prose
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062190288
Format: PDF, ePub
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A dark house. An isolated island. Strange dreams and even stranger visions . . . Jack is spending the summer on a private island far from modern conveniences. No Wi-Fi, no cell service, no one else on the island but a housekeeper and the two very peculiar children in his care. The first time Jack sees the huge black mansion atop a windswept hill, he senses something cold, something more sinister than even the dark house itself. Soon, he feels terribly isolated and alone. Yet he is not alone. The house has visitors—peering in the windows, staring from across the shore. But why doesn't anyone else see them . . . and what do they want? As secrets are revealed and darker truths surface, Jack desperately struggles to maintain a grip on reality. He knows what he sees, and he isn't crazy. . . . Or is he? From nationally acclaimed author Francine Prose comes a mind-bending story that will leave you realizing how subtle the lines that separate reality, imagination, and insanity really are.

Making Anatomy and Physiology Easy

Author: Tiffany Shepley James
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 1457550091
Format: PDF, Mobi
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WARNING!!!! This study tool will take the SCARY right out of introductory Anatomy and Physiology! Did you sign up for Anatomy and Physiology? Are you terrified yet? If so, join the masses of students each term who are terrorized by the very idea of taking such a daunting course. Go ahead, it’s okay to scream...I’ll wait. So where does this book come in? I wrote this book to show you that science does not have to be terrifying! It can be downright intriguing, better yet, empowering! That is, if you can get past all the high sounding jargon. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of high sounding technical vocabulary, but I believe that without understanding the basics at an everyday, relatable level, we can never achieve understanding of the complicated physiological concepts. This book will bring some of the more confusing concepts of introductory physiology down to a relatable, everyday level. It will give you the tools you need to grasp these concepts as you move on in your scientific or pre-professional upper level courses. This book is meant to be used as a supplement alongside your textbook as you maneuver through some of the more challenging physiological processes. Come on, RELAX, you can do this!

Affective Mapping

Author: Jonathan FLATLEY
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674036964
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The surprising claim of this book is that dwelling on loss is not necessarily depressing. Instead, embracing melancholy can be a road back to contact with others and can lead people to productively remap their relationship to the world around them. Flatley demonstrates that a seemingly disparate set of modernist writers and thinkers showed how aesthetic activity can give us the means to comprehend and change our relation to loss.

The Complete Shorter Fiction

Author: Herman Melville
Publisher: Everyman's Library
ISBN: 0375400680
Format: PDF, Docs
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Gathers all of Melville's short stories and novellas, including "Billy Budd, Sailor," "Bartleby, the Scrivener," and "Benito Cereno"