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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

Table of Contents

Preface to the Series

Preface to the Volume


PART ONE: MATERIALS
Kimberly C. Reed

Introduction

Background Readings

The Texts in the Classroom

Teaching Resources

Editions

PART TWO: APPROACHES

Introduction
Kimberly C. Reed

Contexts

The Difficulty with Plain Answers: Introducing Modernism by Way of Henry James
Kristin Boudreau

The Dialogism of Modern Women: A New-Historicist Pedagogical Approach to Daisy Miller
Sean Palmer

"The Hideous Obscure": Historical Backgrounds of The Turn of the Screw
Kimberly C. Reed

The Biography of Daisy Miller
Philip Horne

"And He So Dreadfully Below": Teaching Issues of Social Class in The Turn of the Screw
Robert Andrew Wilson

Classroom Strategies

The Governess as Teacher in The Turn of the Screw
Peter G. Beidler

The Matter of Perception: American Girls and English Ghosts
Collin Meissner

Teaching Daisy Miller Innocently
Gert Buelens

Daisy Miller and Reception: Lessons Learned Teaching Henry James in Europe
Nicolas S. Witschi

"Dramatise, Dramatise, Dramatise!"
Greg W. Zacharias

Theory and Intertextuality

Teaching Theory through Daisy Miller
Pericles Lewis

Teaching The Turn of the Screw and/as Literary Theory
Sheila Teahan

Teaching The Turn of the Screw Metatextually
Diane Long Hoeveler

Teaching Ambiguity: The Turn of the Screw and Shoshana Felman's "Turning the Screw of Interpretation"
Michelle E. Moore

Gender and Sexuality

The Jamesian Turn: A Primer on Queer Formalism
Eric Savoy

Mothers and Others: Anxieties over Substitute Mothers in The Turn of the Screw
Dawn Keetley

Making Masculinity Visible: Teaching Daisy Miller at an All-Male College
Warren Rosenberg

James and Composition

An Analytic Turn: Teaching The Turn of the Screw in the Writing Classroom
Marian Kelly

"Dishonoured and Tragic, She Was All before Me": Daisy and the Governess in First-Year Composition Courses
Sallie Duhling and Patricia Worrall

What the Freshman Knew: Jamesian Ambiguity in the International Composition Classroom
Anna Despotopoulou

James and Film

Driving Miss Daisy: Peter Bogdanovich's Daisy Miller
Mark A. Eaton

"A Matter of Appreciation, Speculation, Imagination": Interpreting The Turn of the Screw and Film Adaptations
Monika Brown

A Visual Approach to The Turn of the Screw
Sue Sorensen

Notes on Contributors

Survey Participants

Works Cited

Index




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