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- Lecture12 Clements1 , Summer2009 AK/HUMA17806. ANNOUNCEMENTS folder Toreiterate:thefinalexamdateha

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Lecture 12 Clements 1 School of Arts and Letters, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies Summer 2009 AK/HUMA 1780 6.0A Stories in Diverse Media ANNOUNCEMENTS I have posted the assignment sheet for the Research Essay in the Assignments folder. To reiterate: the final exam date has been decided by the Registrar’s Office. It will be on Friday Aug. 21 from 7pm to 10pm in the Ross Building south 137 (not on Thursday Aug. 20 as I had initially hoped). Please make plans now to attend. This is the final required component of the course. If you are off site you will need to arrange for invigilation through Distance Education. Please see the following page to get started: http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/disted/offsiteExam/index.htm Please be patient with the return of your essays and tests. I will have everything back to you before July 31 st . Please remember to check your yorku email account for the return of your work at that time. Other Sights and Sounds: Adaptations of The Turn of the Screw Last week I talked about the two stories that run simultaneously in James's gothic tale, The Turn of the Screw . The first narrative thread is the ghost story—the reader believes that the apparitions are real and tormenting the children, implying that everything the governess says is true. In the second version of events, the reader does not believe the governess. Instead, she is another mad woman and she smothers the children with her obsessive love. Yet, I also suggested last day that it is very difficult to
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Lecture 12 Clements 2 tell on which side James's text lies because the ending is very ambiguous. It is difficult to pin down exactly who is to blame for Miles's death because both possibilities (malicious ghosts or unstable governess) run side by side in the text. The minute the reader thinks "Aha, the governess is mad," the next sentence or word seems to contradict such an interpretation. James's exacting skill is his ability to keep both stories alive simultaneously, to keep the reader thinking and guessing about which version of the events is true. Ultimately, James withholds any conclusive answers and so the focus of the text shifts to the process of interpretation. How one reads this novella becomes the important issue. And so I asked you to think about how you interpret the events in the questions for discussion last day. The result of this ambiguity in James's text is that an adaptor inevitably has great difficulty keeping these different interpretations all working at once! This is primarily because the adaptor no longer has access to that first person perspective unique to the writer of fiction that I discussed in more detail in the last lecture. Nevertheless, the story has been adapted into other media. To demonstrate how these issues about story telling can change in a different medium I would like you to watch the finale of the
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