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This essay examines Patricia Highsmith's lesbian novel The Price of Salt (1952) and its recent film adaptation Carol (2015). Reading the novel and film together and against each other, as well as against other mid-century artistic productions, allows one to recognize both texts' affirmation of queer desires and, with that affirmation, a revision of conventional narrative structures to accommodate that affirmation. Such readings, however, also expose the lapses and ambivalences in both the noveldoi:10.26262/gramma.v25i0.6588 fatcat:65ipcg7zjrhwfetozpuqf7i3hy