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  SPLICEDwire: "The Governess" review
Directed by Sandra Goldbacher, a BBC documentarian who adapted the script from a fictitious diary she's written from Rosina's point of view, "The Governess" is the most complex and intelligent story to come out of the recent resurgence in period drama film.
Even though she has her hands full with Clementina, her young charge whom she describes as "a rodent in lace petticoats," Rosina is often bored in her duties with the idly rich Cavendish family and begins poking around the off-limits laboratory where Mr.
As much as I adore the joyous melodrama and romance of "Sense and Sensibility" and "Emma," this film has depth of emotion and a moral complexity that Austen is unlikely to have ever known, and if she did, she certainly would never have been so gauche as to write about it.
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  A Historical View of the Victorian Governess   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Bell described the governess "As a girl of meager means who is neither servant nor the master class, the governess was positioned precariously on the divide between, nostaligic for the lost security of her family and her social position, in danger of falling into working-class slavery or even pauperism" (3).
Perhaps the relationship of a governess and a man are rarely mentioned, because between a governess, and a gentleman there was no easy courtesy, attraction, or flirtation, because she was not his social equal.
In some instances again, the love of admiration has led the governess to try and make herself necessary to the comfort of the father of the family in which she resided, and by delicate and unnoticed flattery gradually gain her point, to the disparagement of the mother and destruction of mutual happiness.
www.umd.umich.edu /casl/hum/eng/classes/434/charweb/cluesman1.htm   (1212 words)

 The Victorian Governess
The governess held a peculiar position in Victorian England: she was a wage-earning, middle-class woman in a society in which middle-class femininity was defined by domesticity and non-participation in the public labour market.
Being a governess was one of the few occupations considered suitable for middle-class girls who needed to earn their own living, but although the governess was expected to have the education and manners of a "lady," she was treated as a servant.
The resident governess had a safe place to live and some of the comforts to which a woman of her class was accustomed.
www.english.uwosh.edu /roth/governess.htm   (681 words)

 Masterpiece Theatre | Jane Eyre | The Victorian Governess
A governess would typically receive room and board but was expected to provide for her own laundry, travel and medical care.
Governess -- a comfortable home, but without salary, is offered to any lady wishing for a situation as governess in a gentleman's family residing in the country, to instruct two little girls in music, drawing, and English; a thorough knowledge of the French language is required.
But the inherent contradictory nature of her role meant that, in the midst of a bustling household, the governess was alone and lonely -- not a family member, not a member of the domestic staff.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/masterpiece/janeeyre/governess.html   (766 words)

 Nannies, Nanny Jobs - Nanny Governess School
With over two decades of expertise, our distinguished faculty trains nannies and governesses to challenge children to reach their greatest potential by nurturing their intellect, imagination and ingenuity.
Founded in 1984, English Nanny & Governess School has earned the reputation as the finest, nanny and governess training program for nannies in the United States.
English Nanny & Governess School stands alone in the in-home childcare field because we do one thing, and one thing only-educate Certified Professional nanny, and college degreed Certified Professional Governesses.
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 Untitled Document
The governess is an important part of the family support system and serves as a loving, nurturing and trustworthy companion to the children.
A governess is a childcare specialist who works within the family’s home caring for the children, serving as a fundamental part of the family’s lives and acting as a caring and trustworthy companion for the children.
Keeping in mind that the governess you select will be spending a great deal of time with your children and some with you, judge your reaction to the governess and listen to your intuition.
www.governessconnection.co.za /governess.htm   (1700 words)

 Governess - Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki
A governess is a female a teacher or caregiver employed by a family to educate a child at home.
Anya served as Salia's governess for 16 years, while Salia, the future Daled IV head of state, grew up on Klavdia III.
The term governess sometimes refers to a "female governor", however, that definition does not describe the usage of the term in this instance.
memory-alpha.org /en/wiki/Governess   (103 words)

 English 132 - Governesses
Most governesses were responsible for educating the children of the household until they were old enough to go away to school or to a private tutor, or, in the case of upper-class girls, to "come out" into society.
In general, governesses were "gentlewomen" of reduced circumstances; that is, they were middle- or upper-middle-class by birth, driven by financial circumstances to seek employment.
Educated and raised to be a lady, a governess was therefore competent to impart the accomplishments and morals of the middle class to children in the way that a working-class woman was not.
www.stanford.edu /~steener/su02/english132/Governesses.htm   (456 words)

 The Victorian Governess Novel
The governess debate focused on terms of employment, salaries, and on the socially intermediate position of the governess.
Although the fictional characterisation of governesses can be traced back to eighteenth-century school stories, novels featuring resident governesses and their relation to employers and pupils did not appear until the turn of the century.
Since the governess heroine could easily be made into an observer of her employers' life, it is not surprising that some governess novels share traits with silver-fork novels.
www.victorianweb.org /gender/wadso2.html   (892 words)

 The role of repression in Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
It certainly does seem to be the case that the governess was truly in love with the master and that she continued loving him throughout the course of the novella.
The governess therefore had enough reasons to admire the master as he proved to be the promise of prosperity for a young girl of a declining class.
In the case of the governess, she unconsciously doubles her repressed love for the master with the secret relationship that the previous governess was involved in.
serendip.brynmawr.edu /sci_cult/courses/emotion/web1/jrodriguez.html   (1510 words)

 SparkNotes: The Turn of the Screw: Plot Overview
One day, when the governess is at the lake with Flora, she sees a woman dressed in fl and senses that the woman is Miss Jessel, her dead predecessor.
The governess is on her guard, but the days pass without incident, and Miles and Flora express increased affection for the governess.
Grose urges the governess to appeal to her employer, but the governess refuses, reminding her colleague that the children’s uncle does not want to be bothered.
www.sparknotes.com /lit/screw/summary.html   (1018 words)

 GradeSaver: ClassicNote: Turn of the Screw Study Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The governess says that Flora and Miles have worked the situation to their advantage, and that Flora will try to get her uncle to dismiss her from her position as governess.
The governess feels ashamed for making him give this false excuse and as he is about to leave she off-handedly asks if he took her letter the previous day.
Nonetheless, the governess persists in asking, and Miles tells her that the boys he told must have repeated the things to people they liked and that the masters caught wind of it - but that the "things" were too bad to write in a letter.
www.gradesaver.com /classicnotes/titles/screw/section8.html   (2946 words)

 GradeSaver: ClassicNote: Turn of the Screw Study Guide - Short Summary
The governess arrives at Bly, where she is met by a beautiful little girl, eight-year-old Flora, and the housekeeper Mrs.
The governess is so upset she does not enter the church and instead rushes back to the house, planning to leave.
The governess asks Miles to tell her what is on his mind, but he says that he wants to talk to Luke first.
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 SparkNotes: The Turn of the Screw: Chapters XVIII, XIX, XX, and XXI
The governess has a feeling that Flora is “at a distance” and insinuates the she must be with Miss Jessel.
Grose wakes the governess with news that Flora is sick and terrified of the governess.
We have seen that the governess identifies with Miss Jessel despite her horror of her, so it is possible that she has been reenacting Miss Jessel’s sexual crimes against the children—crimes that may never really have existed but that might have instead been fantasized by the governess in the first place.
www.sparknotes.com /lit/screw/section7.rhtml   (1279 words)

 Depths Of Deception: Mrs. Grose and the Governess   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The Governess desires the Master and invents everything; the Governess misunderstands the nature of ghosts; the children are possessed; the children are sexually abused; Douglas is Miles.
Grose, the Governess describes her as a "stout, simple, plain, clean, wholesome woman" (299); with what James lets the audience know later about the Governess's mental state (certainly that she jumps to conclusions, possibly that she hallucinates dead people at Bly), what basis does the audience have for trusting her assessment of Mrs.
This may be the reason that she selects Quint as the figure to suggest to the Governess as a malignant ghost; she cannot accept that Quint and Jessel have had a relationship, not only extramarital and possibly resulting in a pregnancy (332) but cutting across rigid barriers of class.
serendip.brynmawr.edu /sci_cult/courses/emotion/web1/abryson.html   (1693 words)

 Seattle Opera   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
One evening, the Governess spots a man and thinks he might be her employer, come to Bly.
The Governess believes that Quint and Miss Jessel are trying to control the children and does not know what she should do.
Grose, but the Governess is increasingly convinced that the lovers’ ghosts are luring the children into a world of evil.
www.seattleopera.com /operas/young/synopsis.aspx   (513 words)

 Masterpiece Theatre | Wives and Daughters | Governess
A governess usually lived in her middle or upper-class employer's home and was entrusted primarily with the education of the family's children until they entered a school or college, or until a girl "came out."
But being a governess could be a difficult balancing act since the actual status of the position lay somewhere between that of family and servant.
She was very young when she first became a governess, and had been worsted in her struggles with her pupils, in the first place she ever went to.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/masterpiece/wives/soc_governess.html   (285 words)

 The Governess . The Boston Phoenix . 08-03-98
Now, in The Governess, which will open in Boston next week, she gets to be a complex protagonist again.
Rosina is a well-educated Jew who poses as a gentile to get a job in Victorian Scotland, working as a governess for a little girl (Florence Hoath) whose inventor father (Tom Wilkinson) and college-age brother (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) are taken with Rosina's intelligence, mystery, and beauty.
The diaries that I read of Victorian governesses, these young girls that would come from the middle of nowhere, their parents would put them on the carriage with a cheese sandwich, and that would be the last they would see of them for 15 years.
www.filmvault.com /filmvault/boston/g/governessthe1.html   (836 words)

 Cranky Critic® Movie Reviews: The Governess
Set in the mid 19th Century, The Governess is the story of Rosina Da Silva (Driver) a London based Jewish woman who finds herself forced to support her debt laden family when her father is murdered.
Rosina comes up with an alternative, which is to take advantage of her half- Italian genetics and pass herself off as a Christian governess at an estate about as far from London as she could get.
If The Governess had been released in the midst of the Oscar-wannabe race (come October-December) I suspect it may have sunk.
www.crankycritic.com /archive98/thegoverness.html   (759 words)

 "The Governess" by Lehman and Hunt
The opening sequence presents their lovemaking as little more than a pleasant distraction, not something that arises from or is connected to Emmy’s intellectual life, in contrast to the excitement of the sexual life between Rosina and Charles.
The manner in which Conceiving Ada ends with the delighted woman’s devotion to her daughter contrasts sharply with the ending of The Governess where the woman steals the lens, seizes the means of photographic production, and sets up a business for herself (leaving the Cavendish’s young daughter she was hired to tutor).
The Governess at least poses an alternative to both traditional notions of immortality and a body/mind separation by linking curiosity and intellectual pursuit to the site of the body—the locus of traditional sexuality—thus opening a space to explore imaginative, alternative sexualities.
www.ejumpcut.org /archive/jc45.2002/lehman/governess3.html   (2000 words)

 The Governess: Cinephiles Movie Review
In Sandra Goldbacher's film, The Governess, Rosina da Silva (Minnie Driver) is the eldest daughter of a Sephardite Jewish family of the 1840's in London.
Accustomed to an affluent lifestyle, one which threatens to become shattered by the sudden death of the father, Rosina sets out to find a job to support her family.
She changes her name to "Mary Blackchurch" and pretends to be a Christian of Italian descent in order to work as a governess in the Christian and conservative household in a Scottish island.
www.cinephiles.net /The_Governess/Film-Synopsis.html   (184 words)

 Jane Eyre and Governess Relationships   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
She often suffered from "status incongruity." The relationship between a governess and a gentleman was difficult because she was not his financial equal (Peterson 13).
The Victorian governess was not meant to capture the heart or attention of a gentleman, especially her master.
However, the governess was bound to find herself the "daily object of scrutiny" by men of similar age (Hughes 119), or in Jane’s case a man who is considerably older.
www.umd.umich.edu /casl/hum/eng/classes/434/charweb/cluesman2.htm   (1040 words)

He was drawn to "The Governess," he says, because "It's a simple story, but the detailed way in which it turns over is unique in my experience.
You want to know what happens next, there are really interesting characters and it has a real, modern feel to it." Cavendish he understood immediately, although he rejects "the myth of the repressed Englishman, an idea which started in the second half of the 19th Century...
Another interest to Goldbacher was to deal with the romantic cliché of the governess and the employer and rework it, making it contemporary.
www.sonyclassics.com /governess/abouttheproduction.html   (1386 words)

 Governess Summary
A governess is a female employee from outside of the family who teaches children within the family circle.
In the following essay, Poovey focuses on the vast amount of attention given to the “plight” of the governess during the 1840s and 1850s, examining such factors as social stability, the Victorian notion of the domestic ideal, and the increasing economic independence of women.
In the following essay, Hughes provides an overview of governess life, discussing the oftentimes tumultuous relationship between the governess and the mother, the bond a governess might share with her students, and the typical subjects a governess was expected to teach.
www.bookrags.com /Governess   (235 words)

 Seabrook Coaching Stable Dispersal Auction: Governess Cart
The name “governess car” was first used in England in the 1880s for an improved version of the Irish inside car of earlier years.
This name was given by the firm of Allen and Co. of Long Acre, London, for a pony-sized model made with rounded corners and a cut-back portion in the center of the right seat to allow the driver, who sat to the rear of this seat, to face forward.
The governess cart was another of the carriages bought from Ben W. Colburn of Tulare, California, in June, 1961.
www.caaonline.com /seabrook/governesscart.html   (306 words)

 The Governess
Young Jewish woman Rosina da Silva, loses her father and faces the alternative of marriage to an unappealing older fish merchant or finding a way to help support the family.
Debut director/writer Sandra Goldbacher imbues The Governess with a passion equal to that of her main characters.
Eloquently photographed by Ashley Rowe, The Governess is shot with an overlay of strong brown hues that relate beautifully to the photographic elements of the film.
www.filmsondisc.com /dvdpages/governess.htm   (393 words)

 Victorian Governess Novel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The governess held a particular position in Victorian England: she was a wage earning, middle-class woman in a society in which middle-class femininity was defined by domesticity and non-participation in the public labor market.
Based on a comprehensive set of nineteenth-century novels, governess manuals, articles and biographical material, it shows how the Victorian governess novel made up a vital part of the governess debate, as well as of the more general debate on female education.
A probable reason for the fact that most governess novels have fallen into obscurity, although they were widely read in their own day, is their highly specialized topic.
www.coronetbooks.com /books/vict5772.htm   (180 words)

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