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How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
     

How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

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by Thomas C. Foster
 

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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

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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 is traveling 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 epilogue, and incorporates updated teaching points that Foster has developed over the past decade.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062301673
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/25/2014
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
34
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1150L (what's this?)

Meet 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 Revised: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
AikiPen More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Helped me get a grasp of all that stuff my teachers were trying to get me to understand in school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was required to read this book and tbh burn them all. Minecrap rules.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me fall in love with studying literature in high school!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit when I first saw this on my summer assignments reading list, I could have screamed. Little did I know that instead of being a traditional textbook that dribbled on in monotone for 4,000 years, it would be one of the more easily read informational texts I've read ever. Foster's conversational tone and spot-on examples in this book make it a pleasure to read while also giving helpful insight on better understanding English literature. Reviews of any sort are rare for me to give, but I couldn't help giving Foster one because I truly feel that this book deserves it. Two thumbs up for this one.
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I'm required to read this for school so I wasn't looking forward to reading it but I'm almost done with it and it's actually really good.