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.
Chapter 8: The Maltese Falcon: The Hard-Boiled Detective Novel
The Maltese Falcon: The Hard-Boiled Detective Novel
The Maltese Falcon is a murder mystery but it is more than that. It has a remarkable cast of characters, deals with issues of considerable significance (as far as ethics, the destructive nature of greed, and relations between men and women are concerned) and was made into a memorable movie.
The Maltese Falcon: A Brief Synopsis
The story, which takes place in San Francisco, begins with a visit by a woman calling herself Miss Wonderly (she later reveals her true name as Brigid O'Shaugnessy) to Sam Spade's office. He has a detective agency with Miles Archer. She is described by Spade's secretary, Effie Perine, as a “knockout.” She tells him her sister has been ...