The Play of Surface: Theater and The Turn of the Screw
This article examines the role of theatre both within, and as medium for, Henry James’s ‘The Turn of the Screw.’ It is a narrative possessed by performance - and this quality is integral, I argue, to the effects of profound disturbance that reading it provokes. The paper moves from an analysis of the tale’s inherent theatricality, to consider two stage adaptations - William Archibald’s The Innocents (1950) and Jeffrey Hatcher’s The Turn of the Screw (1996) - and through this assesses the impact of liveness and corporeality on audience reception, and the ability of performance to articulate the uncanny.
"The Play of Surface: Theater and The Turn of the Screw,"
Comparative Drama: Vol. 39
, Article 1.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/compdr/vol39/iss2/1