Unreliable Reliability with Henry James’ Turn of the Screw
Conceived as a narrative puzzle to confuse his critics, Henry James' Turn of the Screw is a spooky Victorian tale of confusion, ghosts, and madness. We'll dive deep into this sauce reduction of a novel and examine how James creates reliability from a deeply unreliable narrator, while mapping in detail this fascinating mirror-maze of a plot. Optional writing exercises give students an opportunity to apply what they learn to their own work. Prepare for a wild gothic extravaganza!
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Michael Shilling is the author of Rock Bottom, a novel published by Little, Brown. The musical adaptation of the book was staged in 2014 by the Landless Theater Company. His stories have appeared in The Sun, Fugue, and Other Voices. He has taught at Seattle University, University of Puget Sound, and Cornish College of the Arts.