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How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised

A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

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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.

Customer Reviews


I didnt like the title

I can't believe it

I had to read this book for summer reading, and I was very offended. Even though there were only a couple of good points from the book I learned nothing. But I was offended by reading this book as a Christian and being insulted or my views getting change from the world view. The author had a misconception about Christians and portrayed it wrong too!

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I am reading this book for summer reading and it is overall not a good book. The author has 2-3 pages worth of good information per chapter, and then the other 70% is superfluous examples that drag on and to prove his point. If you are an English/literature professor or an avid fan of literature, this might be a good read for you. In my opinion the title suggests the book would be a great source for beginning students of literature; however, the book is filled with classical examples from the 1800's that many people have likely not read, and detracts from the purpose of the book. The chapters focus mainly on explaining different works from the 18 and 1900's and how they use different strategies instead of the strategies themselves and how to find them in literature. If you truly want to learn an introduction to literature, I would suggest a different book or online site as they could be much more concise and informative at the same time for a beginner. The book itself is not horrible in my opinion, but is meant for a more well read audience that wouldn't likely be reading a book with such a title.

How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised
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  • $13.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Published: Feb 25, 2014
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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