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“Sooner or later most of us get hooked”: the question of insanity in Patricia Highsmith’s 'Strangers on a train' and 'The talented Mr. Ripley'

Walton, S (2015) '“Sooner or later most of us get hooked”: the question of insanity in Patricia Highsmith’s 'Strangers on a train' and 'The talented Mr. Ripley'.' Clues: A Journal of Detection, 33 (2). pp. 20-31. ISSN 0742-4248

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Abstract

This article considers constructions of insanity in 'Strangers on a Train' and 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' in the context of historical understandings of psychopathy and sociopathic personality disturbance. It examines Patricia Highsmith’s psychological influences and assesses how her novels have been read in relation to changing notions of criminal insanity in psychiatry, law, and culture.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Detective Fiction, Patricia Highsmith, Medical Humanities, Insanity, Mystery
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
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Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2015 12:18
Last Modified: 18 May 2017 16:42
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/6757
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