About Henry James

Topics: Victorian era, Novel, Literature Pages: 3 (1431 words) Published: May 28, 2015
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The topic of my bachelor thesis covers one of the vital issues of literary criticism as a subject and the very literary historical process as a whole — it deals with the issue of a literary dialogue. The phenomenon is considered by juxtaposing [dʒekstə'pəʊz]- зіставляти of the two literary texts – The Turn of the Screw, a novella by Henry James (publ. 1898) and John Harding’s novel Florence and Giles (publ. 2010), a neo-Victorian reworking of Henry James’s classic. Throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Henry James’s highly ambiguous late-Victorian ghost story The Turn of the Screw (1898), which captures the mysterious events at Bly involving two of literature’s most infamous child characters, Flora and Miles, has been the subject of heated [hi:t] academic debates. It has also served as a pre-text for numerous adaptations and reworkings in various ['ve(ə)rıəs] media. Many adaptations of The Turn of the Screw have found their way into scholarship on Henry James and on neo-Victorian culture. In her monograph Henry James’s Legacy: The Afterlife of His Figure and Fiction (1998), Adeline R. Tintner elaborates on various literary reworkings of The Turn of the Screw, including Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden (1911), Elizabeth Taylor’s short story Poor Girl(1951), Rumer Godden’s The Peacock Spring (1975), Peter Straub’s novel Ghost Story (1975), Joyce Carol Oates’s short story The Accursed Inhabitants of the House of Bly (1994), and Hilary Bailey’s sequel novel Miles and Flora (1997). Many of these texts do indeed add yet another turn to James’s novella, either by deliberately filling thematic gaps that The Turn of the Screw itself leaves open to interpretation, such as the complicity of the children in the ghosts’ actions, or by addressing the central question of whether the ghosts actually exist. This diploma thesis examines how Harding reworks The Turn of the Screw formally, thematically, and – through [θru:]...
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