- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Revised edition (February 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062301675
- ISBN-13: 978-0062301673
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 748 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster's classic guide—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 codes—of the ultimate professional reader: the college professor.
What does it mean when a literary hero travels 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 a new epilogue, and incorporates updated teaching points that Foster has developed over the past decade.
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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The task of literary exegesis is not an easy one, because what one thing means to one reader, will mean something entirely different to the next. I question whether the composers of the negative reviews read more than a few chapters of this valuable book, as most of their complaints are in regard to Thomas' "bogus" interpretations. Of course, if you've read the book, there'd be no possible way to argue this point.
In fact, Thomas' insistent encouragement to "read for you" and his delicate approach to helping you find clues to the larger meaning, without offering overbearing, preachy opinion, is exactly why I loved this book so much. While I agree with almost every one of his interpretations, he incessantly reminds you that his analysis is his and only his, based on years of literary study and his knowledge of the authors themselves.
Who can be so bold as to argue with those credentials? According to Thomas, you!