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Approaches to Teaching Henry James's Daisy Miller and The Turn of the Screw

Editor(s): Kimberly C. Reed, Peter G. Beidler

Pages: ix & 221 pp.
Published: 2005
ISBN: 9780873529211 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780873529204 (hardcover)

"This fabulous collection should help considerably in putting to rest many of the old shibboleths about James and his fiction and in replacing them with the much more relevant, interesting, and humane James of the best scholarship of the last two decades."
Pierre A. Walker
Salem State College


Daisy Miller and The Turn of the Screw, two of Henry James's most frequently taught works, have great appeal to both students and instructors. They are accessible and engaging yet offer interpretive challenges and explore intriguing issues: social-class tensions, an unstable narrative, ambiguity, and a possibly horrific view of parental and sexual relations.

Part 1 of this volume, "Materials," suggests background readings, critical texts to use in the classroom, and various teaching resources. In part 2, "Approaches," twenty-three essays cover different approaches to Daisy Miller and The Turn of the Screw (among others, new-historicist, biographical, metatextual, semantic, queer-theoretical, visual), show how these two novellas may be taught alongside their film adaptations, and discuss the use of these works in a composition course.

Contributors
Kristin Boudreau
Monika Brown
Gert Buelens
Anna Despotopoulou
Sallie Duhling
Mark A. Eaton
Diane Long Hoeveler
Philip Horne
Dawn Keetley
Marian Kelly
Pericles Lewis
Collin Meissner
Michelle E. Moore
Sean Palmer
Warren Rosenberg
Eric Savoy
Sue Sorensen
Sheila Teahan
Robert Andrew Wilson
Nicolas S. Witschi
Patricia Worrall
Greg W. Zacharias


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