- Series: NEWEST EDITION 2014 (RED COVER) - BRAND NEW
- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006000942X
- ISBN-13: 978-0060009427
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 777 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines 1st Edition
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About the Author
Thomas C. Foster is a professor of English at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he teaches contemporary fiction, drama, and poetry as well as creative writing and composition. He is the author of Twenty-five Books That Shaped America and several books on twentieth-century British and Irish fiction and poetry. He lives in East Lansing, Michigan.
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How to Read Literature Like a Professor does not read like a textbook. It's a fun read that definitely taught me something (or multiple somethings!). It also inspired me to read more of the classics, as Foster references many works again and again throughout the book. When I finished, I purchased an anthology of American short stories to start practicing on!
Chapters are divided into relatively similar page counts and, while each chapter explores a topic and provides helpful examples from literary works, the length of each chapter allows for digestion of information in small bites.
Citing folklore, religious dogmas, and Greek mythology, the author delicately introduces varied or contrasting belief systems for interpretation of literature in an unoffensive and unbiased manner.
While this book provides a thorough examination of theme, symbols, and contexts, the author freely admits that it is by no means a complete compilation; one could hardly fit all elements of literary assessment, all interpretations of symbols, or all references to venerable lore into just one book. The writing is consistently comprehensive and entertaining, occasionally infused with Foster's personal quips and moments of charming self-deprecation. His points, whether serious or silly, are stated with eloquence.
The author's examination of various classic works are liable to tantalize readers to pick up new reads, and a long list of recommended reads at the back of the book further encourage the accumulation of TBR books.
Before the book reaches its end, the author tackles a difficult question: should we really give so much credit to writers by interpreting their works in such a special and meaningful way, especially when he/she hasn't been proven to be a good writer? His answer is illuminating and his conclusions ultimately encourage the examination of literature and the sharing of books and conversation such that we might all bring new perspectives to our shared experience.
How to Read Literature Like a Professor is a highly recommended resource for unearthing the hidden meaning interwoven in books (and film).
Inside the book, those repeated themes, symbols, and similarities are analyzed chapter by chapter, with many examples brought to the reader. For example chapter six refers everyone to Shakespeare, with the title, When in doubt, It’s from Shakespeare. In Chapter 26, irony is explained on a variety of levels with examples, starting with the statement, “irony trumps everything.” Other sections dealing with geography, quests, weather, violence, politics, Christ figures, metaphors, symbols, and many other elements succeed to show the reader what to look for while he reads.
The book has a contents pages in the beginning, 27 chapters and a very rich reading list before the index at the end.
The writing is fluid, easy to understand, and highly entertaining. Examples inside draw from all literary arts, even cartoons and songs.
In short, this is the painstaking work of a dedicated professor addressing the general reader to teach and encourage his reading for better understanding. For that reason, I took my time with this book, giving each chapter at least a week and, sometimes, stopping to read a book or a story that I haven’t read earlier. And I am not done. I’ll re-read this book, because I am sure, there is a lot more in there I might have missed from which I can benefit more.