The Turn of the Screw

  • Juliet McMaster
  • Rowland McMaster


One cannot but be apologetic in giving yet another turn to The Turn of the Screw, on which there already exist various casebooks and collections in which critics have ranged themselves in the two major camps, according to whether they read the tale as a straight ghost story or as psychological novel. But, my apology being given, I shall proceed regardless, being unable to resist the temptation to get my say in. My excuse, such as it is, is that I hope to some extent to reconcile the two readings with one another.


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  1. 4.
    T. M. Cranfill and R. L. Clark, Jr, in An Anatomy of The Turn of the Screw (Austin, 1965), suggest that Flora’s abduction of the boat is another of the governess’s delusions; however, there is no doubt about the location of the confrontation: at the far side of lake, where the governess had first seen Miss Jessel.Google Scholar

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  • Juliet McMaster
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