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

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).

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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.

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


Local EPrints ID: 12167
ISSN: 1473-3536
PURE UUID: 2accc4d8-5781-45f1-8cbe-d3001c7a8ec2

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

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