How to Read Literature Like A Professor

How to Read Literature Like A Professor

A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

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The classic guide, now available in a hardcover edition--a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes and contexts, that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable.

While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in these texts. How to Read Literature Like a Professor helps us to discover those hidden truths by looking at literature with the eyes--and the literary codesof the ultimate professional reader, the college professor.

What does it mean when a literary hero is traveling along a dusty road? When he hands a drink to his companion? When he's drenched in a sudden rain shower?

Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices and form, Thomas C. Foster provides us with a broad overview of literature--a world where a road leads to a quest, a shared meal may signify a communion, and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just a shower--and shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.

This revised edition includes new chapters, a new preface and epilogue, and incorporates updated teaching points that Foster has developed over the past decade.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, 2017
Edition: Revised edition, Harper hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062696854
0062696858
Branch Call Number: 808 Fos 2014
Characteristics: xxviii, 336 pages

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shivanigajre
Jun 21, 2016

It was a very informative book!

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3038462sme
Jul 20, 2014

Foster is very condescending. He talks down to his audience. I did not learn anything I did not already know from this book. The title says "entertaining guide", but of the numerous literary analysis guides I have read, this is the worst. I am sorry to all students who have to read this. My advice is to get through it as quickly as possible.

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britprincess1
Jul 24, 2012

Although it was entertaining, it could only be considered a mere introduction to reading with a critical eye and drawing connections in a multidisciplinary fashion. At certain points, the tone veered from comical to condescending, but otherwise, I found it to be quite an entertaining read, albeit not all that educational. If you're looking for in-depth information, this book isn't for you, but just an interesting book about introducing the concepts of symbolism and the journey to newcomers to the idea of critical thinking and reading as one, then this book may just do the trick.

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lotusreader
Sep 02, 2011

An entertaining read. And I learned a lot.

feedtheflameforfacts Aug 01, 2011

I greatly enjoy reading and analyzing books. I was required to read this for my AP Literature and Composition class(I was previously in AP Language and Composition), and I disliked it all the way through. Foster constantly pushes his words into your mouth and does not allow any differences in opinion. After a few chapters his tone and style got very old, as well as the great amount of overwhelming examples. Although some of his points will remain with me while I read other books, many were very dull and repetitive.

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EricaReynolds
Nov 02, 2010

This is a terrific book for literature students in high school and college--also a great book for creative writers who want to try new themes and hone their skills.

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3038462sme
Jul 20, 2014

Sexual Content: The author seems to be obsessed with sex from literature.

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britprincess1
Jul 24, 2012

Sexual Content: Explains the link between vampirism and sexuality, as well as explaining the true meaning behind writing scenes of an erotic nature.

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britprincess1
Jul 24, 2012

Other: Descriptions of diseases, like pox and tuberculosis.

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britprincess1
Jul 24, 2012

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 20

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britprincess1
Jul 24, 2012

An introductory look at common symbols, the hero's journey, and many other devices easily spotted when delving into literary criticism.

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