How to Read Literature Like a Professor Book By Thomas C. Foster (PDF-Summary-Review-Online Reading-Download)

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How to Read Literature Like a Professor is a New York Times bestseller by Thomas C. Foster published in 2003. The author suggests interpretations of themes, concepts, and symbols commonly found in the literature. The book rates itself as "A lively and entertaining guide to reading between the lines, and is commonly used in advanced English courses in the United States."

The book also includes sample interpretations of Katherine Mansfield's short story, "The Garden Party."

The author's simple and methodical approach to literary interpretation has come under the scrutiny of literary experts, such as English professor and biographer Alan Jacobs, who questions the value of the book's premise and criticizes the idea that "reading is better for highly trained people, professionally accredited experts.

Summary

While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings woven into these texts. How Reading Literature Like a Professor helps us uncover those hidden truths by looking at literature with the eyes — and literary codes — of the ultimate professional reader, the college professor.

What does it mean when a literary hero travels down a dusty road? When he gives his partner a drink? When he's drenched in a sudden rain?

Thomas C. Foster, spanning from important themes to literary models, narrative devices, and forms, gives us a broad overview of literature: a world where a path leads to a search, a shared meal can mean a communion and rain, either cleaning or destructive, it's never just a shower, and it shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.

Review

What does it mean when a fictional hero goes on a journey? Does he share a meal? Does he get drenched in a sudden rain? Often, there is much more to a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface (a symbol, perhaps, that remains elusive, or an unexpected turn in a character) and there is a sneaky suspicion that the meaning more The depth of a literary text keeps eluding you.

In this fun and practical guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and rewarding it is to uncover those hidden truths and discover a world where a path leads to a search; a shared meal can mean a communion; and rain, be it cleansing or destructive, is never just rain. From important topics to literary models, narrative devices, and forms, How to Read Literature Like a Teacher is the perfect companion to make your reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.

About The Author

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.

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