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Ever Mysterious: Patricia Highsmith 1955

George Cotkin

in Feast of Excess: A Cultural History of the New Sensibility

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780190218478
eISBN:
9780190218508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century, Cultural History

Highsmith published two novels in 1955, both celebrating liberation from traditional moral values. In The Talented Mr. Ripley, Highsmith deals with central subjects of the New Sensibility—madness and ... More


The Age of Anxiety: Existential Psychology and the “Decline” of American Naturalism

Benjamin Mangrum

in Land of Tomorrow: Postwar Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190909376
eISBN:
9780190909406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190909376.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter considers the effects of psychoanalysis, existentialism, and existential psychology on American intellectual culture. The chapter frames the history of these broad movements by reference ... More


Turncoats, Traitors, and Fellow Travelers: Culture and Politics of the Early Cold War

Arthur Redding

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730050
eISBN:
9781604733266
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730050.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The Cold War was unique in the way films, books, television shows, colleges and universities, and practices of everyday life were enlisted to create American political consensus. This coercion ... More


Strangers on a Train (1951)

John Billheimer

in Hitchcock and the Censors

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780813177427
eISBN:
9780813177441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813177427.003.0022
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The plot of Strangers on a Train revolves around a crisscross murder scheme in which a psychotic playboy (Robert Walker) suggests trading murders with a tennis player (Farley Granger). He offers to ... More


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