The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Plein soleil and The Talented Mr Ripley: sun, stars and Highsmith's queer periphery

Record type: Article

This article explores two cinematic adaptations of Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel, The Talented Mr Ripley, about a young anti-hero who murders, and then steals the identity of, another American living in Italy: Ren? Cl?ment's Plein soleil (France/Italy 1960) and Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr Ripley (US/UK 1999). Drawing on both textual analysis and critical reception, the article explores how the traces of what might be termed Highsmith's 'queer periphery' are manifested and eroticized on the screen. Through such sun-drenched (homo)erotics, there is a very present sense of mythology, queer or otherwise, in the seductive Mediterranean landscape of these texts. The discussion thus explores issues of narrative, the stars Alain Delon, Jude Law and Matt Damon, and sexuality and landscape.

PDF 12167.pdf - Version of Record
Restricted to Repository staff only
Download (2MB)
PDF JRS_Williams_post-print.pdf - Author's Original
Download (245kB)

Citation

Williams, M.T. (2004) Plein soleil and The Talented Mr Ripley: sun, stars and Highsmith's queer periphery Journal of Romance Studies, 4, (1), pp. 47-62. (doi:10.3167/147335304782369285).

More information

Published date: 2004
Keywords: patricia highsmith, alain Delon, matt damon, jude law, rené clément, anthony minghella, stars, queer

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 12167
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/12167
ISSN: 1473-3536
PURE UUID: 2accc4d8-5781-45f1-8cbe-d3001c7a8ec2

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 01 Jul 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:03

Export record

Altmetrics


Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×