Witty and accessible, Popular Culture Genres is a fascinating study of genres and genre criticism. Author Arthur Asa Berger empowers readers to make their own analysis by providing the methods and examples of good criticism. Part I deals with genres from a critical perspective, asking questions such as: How do the conventions of different genres affect the creation and production of texts and the audiences of those texts? Do certain genres have significant social and political implications? And, how do genres evolve? Part II takes a look at five “classic” popular texts (in both their novel and film versions). Viewing these works in the context of their respective genres is not only instructive in nature but captivating reading as well.

Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the orient express

Synopsis of the Story

Hercule Poirot, after being involved in a delicate case, is on his way back to England from Syria. He takes a train to Istanbul, where he hopes to spend a few days looking around, but when he checks into a hotel, the Tokatlian, he receives a telegram informing him that he must return to London immediately. While dining at the hotel, he meets, by chance, an old friend, M. Bouc, a director of Wagons Lit, who is also on his way back to Europe. Poirot discovers that, surprisingly, there is no room on the Simplon Orient (Express), which is departing that evening. But his friend Bouc, as an official of the line, tells ...

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