With The Turn of the Screw , many critics have wondered if the "strange and sinister" were only in the governess's mind and not part of reality. The result has been a longstanding critical dispute about the reality of the ghosts and the sanity of the governess. Beyond the dispute, critics have closely examined James's narrative technique for the story. The framing introduction and subsequent first-person narrative by the governess have been studied by theorists of fiction interested in the power of fictional narratives to convince or even manipulate readers.
The imagery of The Turn of the Screw is reminiscent of gothic fiction. The emphasis on old and mysterious buildings throughout the novella reinforces this motif. James also relates the amount of light present in various scenes to the strength of the supernatural or ghostly forces apparently at work. The governess refers directly to The Mysteries of Udolpho and indirectly to Jane Eyre , evoking a comparison of the governess not only to the character of Jane Eyre , but also to the character of Bertha, the madwoman confined in Thornfield.
Oliver Elton wrote in that "There is Then John Silver  pointed out hints in the story that the governess might have gained previous knowledge of Quint's appearance in non-supernatural ways. This induced Wilson to return to his original opinion that the governess was delusional and that the ghosts existed only in her imagination.
William Veeder sees Miles's eventual death as induced by the governess.
In a complex psychoanalytic reading, Veeder concludes that the governess expressed her repressed rage toward her father and toward the master of Bly on Miles. Other critics, however, have strongly defended the governess. They note that James's letters, his New York Edition preface, and his Notebooks contain no definite evidence that The Turn of the Screw was intended as anything other than a straightforward ghost story, and James certainly wrote ghost stories that did not depend on the narrator's imagination.
For example, " Owen Wingrave " includes a ghost that causes its title character's sudden death, although no one actually sees it. James's Notebooks entry indicates that he was inspired originally by a tale he heard from Edward White Benson , the Archbishop of Canterbury. There are indications that the story James was told was about an incident in Hinton Ampner , where in a woman named Mary Ricketts moved from her home after seeing the apparitions of a man and a woman, day and night, staring through the windows, bending over the beds, and making her feel her children were in danger.
In a commentary in The New Yorker , Brad Leithauser has given his own perspective on the different interpretations of James' novella:. All such attempts to 'solve' the book, however admiringly tendered, unwittingly work toward its diminution[; its] profoundest pleasure lies in the beautifully fussed over way in which James refuses to come down on either side According to Leithauser, the reader is meant to entertain both the proposition that the governess is mad and the proposition that the ghosts really do exist, and consider the dreadful implications of each. Poet and literary critic Craig Raine , in his essay "Sex in nineteenth-century literature", states quite categorically his belief that Victorian readers would have identified the two ghosts as child molesters.
The Turn of the Screw was first published in the magazine Collier's Weekly , serialised in 12 instalments 27 January — 16 April The title illustration by John La Farge depicts the governess with her arm around Miles. Episode illustrations were by Eric Pape. Among many other revisions, James changed the children's ages. The Turn of the Screw has been the subject of a range of adaptations and reworkings in a variety of media, and these reworkings and adaptations have, themselves, been analysed in the academic literature on Henry James and neo-Victorian culture. There have been numerous film adaptations of the novel.
The Turn of the Screw has also influenced television.
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In the story, the ghosts of Quentin Collins and Beth Chavez haunted the west wing of Collinwood, possessing the two children living in the mansion. The story led to a year-long story in the year , as Barnabas Collins travelled back in time to prevent Quentin's death and stop the possession. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Turn of the Screw disambiguation. Horror gothic fiction ghost story. Among the various adaptations and reworkings of James's novella are The Turn of the Screw , a opera by Benjamin Britten left, and The Nightcomers , a prequel film directed by Michael Winner right, photographed and starring Marlon Brando.
Discourses of Desire. See this book for an argument that Bronte was actually the source of the tale, through Mary Sedgwick Benson. American Literature. The push for more explicit and outrageous material in horror has hardly abated, but instead of trying to compete, the current Hammer is going defiantly upscale.
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The violence is discreet and not one heaving bosom is in attendance. In this regard the new Hammer is not looking to its tradition. View all New York Times newsletters. He said he was focused on suspense and mythology, arguing that the new Hammer films will have the spirit of Alfred Hitchcock. Hammer, like horror itself, has become more mainstream, but its challenge today remains maybe even more formidable.
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