How to Read Literature Like A Professor

How to Read Literature Like A Professor

A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

Large Print - 2014
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Thomas C. Foster's classic guide--a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes, and contexts--shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable.

How to Read Literature Like a Professor helps readers discover the deeper meanings of novels, poems, and plays by looking at literature with the eyes--and literary codes--of the ultimate professional reader: the college professor. This revised and updated edition contains new chapters, new preface and epilogue, and updated teaching points developed over the last decade.

What does it mean when a literary hero travels along a dusty road? When he's drenched in a sudden rain shower? Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, Foster provides us with a broad overview of literature--a world where a road leads to a quest 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.

Publisher: New York : Harperluxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2014
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9780062326522
Branch Call Number: 028.9 FOS 2014
Characteristics: xxxvi, 460 pages (large print) : 23 cm

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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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