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1
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What does Henry James want us to do in regards to feminism

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Be attentive to how we usually read women

2
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Although there are more female characters than male, what makes tots a Feminist novella

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The women are unnamed

3
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How could the governess be seen

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Either as an unsuccessful femme fatal (a beguiling woman who brings death)
Or a stresses put upon middle class girl who is out of her depth
4
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How does HJ want us to do something about the injustice against females

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Do something about how we read them

5
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History of sexuality

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Oscar Wilde = direct contemporary of HJ + his breakdown was due to his success at the time of his theatrical failure

6
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Why could James HS not be revealed

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To transgressive In Victorian society

7
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History of children

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Children = perfect vehicle to talk about corruption

8
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History of the market place

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Ghost stories would have sold better than ‘serious’ fictions. -James could have disguised it as a ghost story to pull people in, only for them to realise there’s a serious underlying message

9
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What did Robbins say about the point of view of fictional servants and governesses

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‘Often been associated with energies pushing hardest to change the world’

10
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What texts are referenced in tots

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Amelia and Jane Eyre

(Radical texts pushing towards social change) -shouldn’t ignore the fact that James has referenced them

11
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What are Amelia and Jane Eyre allegories of?

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Social upward mobility

12
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How does HJ refashion the Cinderella story

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By offering us a darker vision - the gov. Does not move up in terms of class or get the man. More truthful to reality (strips back fantasy and replaces it with actually)

13
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How does HJ push the reader to want social change

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Takes away the comfort of a happy ending and shows a harsh reality

14
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What is the govs version of the Cinderella story

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‘Frustrated, truncated, unfinished’

‘What happens to the aspirations the reader has invested in her’

15
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What does giving the gov. The narrative point of view do to us

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Make us accept her perspective unless we are provided with a reason not to

16
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What quote supports that Robbins thinks the ghosts are just visual representations of the class system

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The story has ‘gaps lapses and ambiguities’ and is about ‘the social production of ambiguity’

17
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What shows that the gov will end up having a relationship with someone closer to her social class ?(propinquity..marrying for availability not love)

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‘The forbidden love between peter quint and Jessel is an inverted parallel to the master and the governess

18
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Why is miss Jessel ‘punished by death’

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Because, like the gov. She has been transgressive. -James is trying to shock is to the severe system

19
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Why can’t quint and Jessel be viewed as tragic lovers?

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They aren’t young, beautiful or high born (it’s barely a tragedy in society because we are class orientated)

20
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What texts does Bruce think we should place tots alongside

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Those which push for social change