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8/5/10 12:08 A

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Yours is quite an article! I will try to print it out at work tomorrow as it is not an easy on-screen read. It has been a long time since I read "The Turn of the Screw" -- although I've read it more than once.

Admitting that I've only skimmed the article and would like to read it more carefully, do you investigate what it would say about James that he explored what you call a "romance" of this nature? Is there something in his life to suggest his exploring this theme? (Forgive me if you covered this - you can site me to a page for when I print it.)

Although I realize to a large degree you use the term "romance" in the context of the literary criticism you are making, I still feel the use of the term "romance" is problematic in the context of any relationship that between an adult and a child (even where the literature, at least arguably, may place it in such a context).

I noted in your other posts your interest in Dickens. I'd read just late last year -- as I was doing some background on Nancy in Twist (yes, I am one who thinks this fun)-- that during the time in which the novel was set there was a great illicit trade in female (and male) children. As you may know, many working women entrusted their children (often illegitimate) with would- be caretakers who in turn forced the children into prostitution, a veritable slave trade. Indeed, Dickens makes the rescuing gentlemen Oliver's uncle (Mr Brownlow) to avoid having him read as a pediphile, I had not known this before my recent foray into the background of the novel. I thought you might find this interesting in case you had not explored it

Congrats on being published and for taking on a controversial idea. I am happy for your success.

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8/4/10 11:24 P

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Thanks so much, ladies. I am just so thrilled. I'd been trying to get publised for YEARS and in this past year, I've two articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Working on a third, and a book review! Woot!

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8/3/10 10:08 A

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Jenn -

What an interesting interpretation and thank you for sharing! emoticon

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8/3/10 12:26 A

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Congratulations! A fascinating read, Jenn. You are one of those rare critters who can write LUCIDLY and with verve about very academic, specialized subjects. Also, that particular story has freaked me out since I was a kid! The first Henry James I ever read. Excellent take on all that textual complexity.

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If you are looking for other feminist-themed writing opportunities, send me a message. I may have some ideas that you might enjoy.... emoticon

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Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.
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8/2/10 1:08 P

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Hello ladies!

I am excited to announce that my most recent article is FINALLY on the web! It's a piece about feminism today and focuses on the female pedophile.

You might check it out! academinist.org/current-issue

Scroll down and click on "Jenn McCollum"

Jenn

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