How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines Revised ed. Edition, Kindle Edition
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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.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 366 pages
- ASIN : B00H1UMRGM
- File size : 1193 KB
- Publisher : Harper Perennial; Revised ed. edition (February 25, 2014)
- Publication date : February 25, 2014
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #69,968 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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1. Current students of literature who are in high school or college. And even if this is not an assigned text, you are likely to find it VERY helpful when it comes to writing papers.
2. Old English majors who still get a kick out of analyzing novels. (I fall into this category.)
Author Thomas C. Foster has demystified the conundrum of figuring out what the author really means with all those symbols, images, similes, and metaphors. With clarity, intelligence, simplicity, and lots of humor, he unravels the mystery of literary analysis.
• Find out why so many modern novels have their roots in Greek and Roman mythology…or the Bible…or Shakespeare.
• Find out what it really means when it rains or snows. (And, no, it's not just about the weather.)
• Find out what it means when book characters are stricken with diseases or infirmities. (And, no, they're not just unhealthy.)
• Find out how authors write about sex without being explicit…except when they are.
• Find out how reading literature with "the right eyes" can totally change your perspective.
Foster cites many literary examples to support his ideas, some with more details than others, ranging from Homer's "Odyssey" to Toni Morrison's "Beloved" and Shakespeare's "Hamlet" to popular movies from the 1980s and '90s. (Yes, somehow movies count as "literature," but it works.)
A not-to-be-missed bonus: Read the appendix! It is an exceptional list of recommended books and short stories to read—and the reasons why.
This is a gem of a book—for the right audience.
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!
I gave it five star, because it was well written and organized and easy to use as a reference book. However, it is best to read cover to cover this first time. It is that entertaining and instructive. I recommend it to everyone who reads, whether they have to read for school or they love to read. It enriches the reading experience regardless of what kind of reader you are. It can also do wonders as a road map and even instill a love for reading. Read the book!