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How to read literature like a professor : a lively and entertaining guide to reading between the lines

Author: Thomas C Foster
Publisher: New York : Quill, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas C Foster
ISBN: 006000942X 9780060009427
OCLC Number: 50511079
Description: xviii, 314 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: How'd he do that? --
Every trip is a quest --
Nice to eat with you --
Acts of vampires --
If it's square, it's a sonnet --
Now, where have i seen her before? --
When in doubt, it's from Shakespeare --
Or the bible --
Hanseldee and Greteldum --
It's Greek to me --
It's more than just rain or snow --
Interlude: does he mean that? --
More than it's gonna hurt you --
Is that a symbol? --
It's all political --
Yes, she's a Christ figure, too --
Flights of fancy --
It's all about sex --
Except sex --
If she comes up, it's baptism --
Geography matters --
do does season --
Interlude: One story --
Marked for greatness --
He's blind for a reason, you know --
It's never just heart disease --
Rarely just illness --
Don't read with your eyes --
Is he serious? --
other ironies --
Test case --
Envoi --
Appendix --
Reading list.
Responsibility: Thomas C. Foster.
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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.

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Instructive and entertaining

by bellanox (WorldCat user published 2011-08-08) Excellent Permalink

I learned quite a bit from this book, many things I never learned in a literature class. It was highly educational but also entertaining and never dull.

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