Patricia Highsmith on Screen

  • Wieland Schwanebeck
  • Douglas McFarland

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture book series (PSADVC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Douglas McFarland, Wieland Schwanebeck
    Pages 1-20
  3. Thomas Leitch
    Pages 21-40
  4. Doubles, Copies, and Strangers

  5. Queer Encounters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
  6. Aesthetic, Mythic, and Cultural Transactions

  7. In Conversation with the Adapters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Wim Wenders
      Pages 263-266
    3. Hans W. Geissendörfer
      Pages 267-270
    4. Hossein Amini
      Pages 271-274
    5. Phyllis Nagy
      Pages 275-279
  8. Wieland Schwanebeck, Douglas McFarland
    Pages C1-C1
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 281-294

About this book


This book is the first full-length study to focus on the various film adaptations of Patricia Highsmith’s novels, which have been a popular source for adaptation since Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1952). The collection of essays examines films such as The Talented Mr. RipleyThe Two Faces of January, and Carol, includes interviews with Highsmith adaptors and provides a comprehensive filmography of all existing Highsmith adaptations. Particular attention is paid to queer subtexts, mythological underpinnings, philosophical questioning, contrasting media environments and formal conventions in diverse generic contexts. Produced over the space of seventy years, these adaptations reflect broad cultural and material shifts in film production and critical approaches to film studies. The book is thus not only of interest to Highsmith admirers but to anyone interested in adaptation and transatlantic film history.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Wieland Schwanebeck
    • 1
  • Douglas McFarland
    • 2
  1. 1.TU DresdenDresdenGermany
  2. 2.Flagler CollegeSt. AugustineUSA

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