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  • Author:
    Thomas C. Foster
  • ISBN:
    006000942X
  • ISBN13:
    978-0060009427
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    Harper Perennial; 1 edition (2003)
  • Pages:
    314 pages
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Thomas C. Foster, author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor and Reading the Silver Screen, is professor emeritus of English at the University of Michigan, Flint, where he taught classes in contemporary fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as creative writing and freelance writing

Thomas C. Foster, author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor and Reading the Silver Screen, is professor emeritus of English at the University of Michigan, Flint, where he taught classes in contemporary fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as creative writing and freelance writing. He is also the author of several books on 20th-century British and Irish literature and poetry.

In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and .

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Read like a professor and you will have a lot more fun with your reading. What does Murakami mean when Kafka's mentally feeble guide is able to talk to cats? Wrong question.

book by Thomas C. Foster. Read like a professor and you will have a lot more fun with your reading. The second answer is 'No'. We'll never know what he meant (even if he tried to tell us. hat we can 'know' is what it means to us and what pieces of the universal gold mine of meaning it brings to the surface for our attention.

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Foster Thomas C. HarperCollins Publishers. While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in. these texts.

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Thomas C. Foster has been teaching students how to read literature for more . 2. Books and reading. 4. Literature-History and criticism. Foster has been teaching students how to read literature for more than twenty-five years. It is not a textbook but an engaging companion for readers to discover the possibilities of modern and classic literature. With its informal style and easy approach to literature, How to Read Literature Like a Professor is a useful and practical tool for reading groups and book clubs.

What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey?. Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface—a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character—and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you.

In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and gratifying it is to unlock those hidden truths, and to discover 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 rain. Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, How to Read Literature Like a Professor is the perfect companion for making your reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.


Atineda
Nothing against the book, but Amazon was selling copies with some generic professor's picture on the cover for 7.99. The ISBN is listed as 9781514202999. Apparently it's some type of self-published or bootleg edition of the book. The problem is that that version of the book has a tiny font and no page numbers, so for students needing citation information the book's pretty much useless. Amazon pulled the link to that edition, and won't let me return it, but I wanted to post a heads-up on this to save you the trouble of having to buy two copies of the same book!
Honeirsil
The 2015 edition is a version published through a self-publishing Amazon subsidiary called "CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform". It is missing several sections (example: Preface & Index). The formatting does not match earlier editions (example: statements in Bold and/or Italics that the author used to emphasize in earlier editions are in the same font as the rest of the text in the 2015 edition). We returned the book for a refund.
Felolak
Not really sure why it took me so long to finally get through this one. Had it my bedside nightstand and would dip in now and then. Not as boring and dry as some have reported, actually clever and witty in spots but provides a solid foundation for symbolism in literature. Goes into some authors and works that are far heavier than I tend to read (Joyce, Faulkner, Woolf for example) but also tends to hit some of the less dense work that I have enjoyed (Hemingway, Steinbeck). I wondered why it kept showing up on the best seller list until it finally dawned on me that it was being assigned for AP English courses and early college lit programs. For that, it does provide a solid base for analysis.
Dalallador
I didn't study English or literature in college, but I wish I had taken at least one or two classes. I love to read, and I'm sure there are deeper meanings I'm missing. I did some poking around online to figure out the best way to get started, and I found my way to this book. If you find yourself in a similar situation, I recommend that you do too.

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!
Visonima
How to Read Literature Like a Professor offers an extensive introduction to literary analysis for the purpose of finding deeper meaning in one's everyday reading.

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).
Malalrajas
Most everyone likes reading, but conscious reading is another matter, and this is what this book teaches. Archetypes, certain characters, and re-offered and similar plots in books through the ages are not secrets, but the key to understanding and spotting them can only be achieved in reading the classics and modern day stories with a keen eye, to gain literary skills.

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.