Rhetorical structure and reader manipulation in Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

Alexander, M. (2009) Rhetorical structure and reader manipulation in Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. Miscelanea: A Journal of English and American Philology, 39, pp. 13-27.

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Abstract

This paper describes Agatha Christie’s use of rhetoric to convince readers of the ‘truth’ of her detective’s solution in The Murder on the Orient Express, and uses an adaptation of Rhetorical Structure Theory (RST) designed for analyses of long extracts of a narrative text. The paper aims to demonstrate firstly the rhetorical practice of Christie, and secondly to demonstrate a tabular, non-diagrammatic exposition of RST, with some suggestions for future alterations to this method.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Alexander, Professor Marc
Authors: Alexander, M.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:Miscelanea: A Journal of English and American Philology
Publisher:University of Zaragoza
ISSN:1137-6368
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2009 The University of Zaragoza
First Published:First published in Miscelanea: A Journal of English and American Philology 39:13-27
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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