Patricia Highsmith | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Odette L'Henry Evans

This literature criticism consists of approximately 15 pages of analysis & critique of Patricia Highsmith.
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Critical Essay by Odette L'Henry Evans

SOURCE: "A Feminist Approach to Patricia Highsmith's Fiction," in American Horror Fiction: From Brockden Brown to Stephen King, edited by Brian Docherty, St. Martin's, 1990, pp. 107-19.

In the following essay, Evans relates Highsmith's exploration of the unconscious in her novels and short stories to feminist critical theories.

A critical examination of the work of Patricia Highsmith from a feminist standpoint unavoidably presents a number of challenges, the first being the difficulty of ascertaining precisely to what genre her novels belong. To see her as a 'crime writer' would be inaccurate as well as limitative, since it would mean ignoring certain elements of her stories which are outside the usual crime-detection-arrest pattern. To call her a mystery writer may be more accurate, since she was once awarded the Edgar Allan Poe...

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