Approaches to Teaching Henry James’s Daisy Miller and The Turn of the Screw
- Editors: Kimberly C. Reed, Peter G. Beidler
- Pages: ix & 221 pp.
- Published: 2005
- ISBN: 9780873529211 (Paperback)
- ISBN: 9780873529204 (Cloth)
“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.”
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.
Mark A. Eaton
Diane Long Hoeveler
Michelle E. Moore
Robert Andrew Wilson
Nicolas S. Witschi
Greg W. Zacharias