The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw book cover

The Turn of the Screw Resources

Visions for Students:A Study of British Ghost Stories
From the Yale-New Haven Teacher’s Institute. This unit uses the ghost story as a “hook,” or a successful way of introducing literature and reading to students. Section III is on Turn of the Screw and is the culminating unit. (Section One considers ghost legends which are associated with the city of London. Section II focuses on folk story motifs, and Section III) It includes a plot overview, summary of critical interpretations, and a lesson plan with three activities.


Henry James Scholar’s Guide to Web Sites
Contains an annotated bibliography, links to work by and about James, biographical sketch, a Henry James e-Journal, and much more. Comprehensive site for any student interested in or doing research on James. Note: “Virtual Henry James” e-Journal article opening paragraph reads as follows: “How might we reread James for a digital age? Should we use him to resist the impacts of new media and technologies? Or can we exploit these technologies to better popularize and understand James’s writing?”

Perspectives in American Literature: Late Nineteenth-Century Realism and Henry James
Brief overview of James’s work includes a selected bibliography of criticism and nine discussion questions.

The Turn of the Screw – Trailer from BBC

The Henry James Resource Center
This site has an extensive biographical sketch and bibliography

The Turn of the Screw & In the Cage
Random House offers seven major discussion questions for students.

Infotrac article: “Henry James.” St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers. St. James Press, 1998. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group. 2003.

The Turn of the Screw: A History of Its Critical Interpretations, 1898 – 1979
Edward J. Parkinson, PhD This Saint Louis University PhD dissertation, published in 1991, surveys the criticism of The Turn Of The Screw from the novella’s publication to 1980. It relates trends in The Turn Of The Screw criticism to developments in literary criticism and literary theory and discusses how the latter have been influenced by broader historical and cultural changes. Students and teachers can join in on a discussion group.

Henry James etexts at the Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia
The Turn of the Screw and others. Scroll down for James.

Classic Notes Student Guide
Features summary and analysis, self-quizzes, and more.

Sparknotes on Turn of the Screw
Another student guide with the usual summary and analysis, but also study questions, suggested essay topics, and important quotes.

JamesF-L is the on-line discussion group concerning Henry James, with occasional postings devoted to his relationship with other members of his family.

Prince, Tony “Ambiguity: Teaching The Turn of the Screw to High School Juniors” The Henry James Review – Volume 17, Number 3, Fall 1996, pp. 225-229 The Johns Hopkins University Press (print only)