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How to read literature like a professor : a lively and entertaining guide… (urspr publ 2003; utgåvan 2003)

av 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.… (mer)
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Titel:How to read literature like a professor : a lively and entertaining guide to reading between the lines
Författare:Thomas C. Foster
Info:New York : Quill, c2003.
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How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines av Thomas C. Foster (2003)

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I found this book while on a search for a good introduction to literary criticism. This seemed to hit the mark. In it, Foster pursues hard-core analysis of the literary project while spinning a down-to-earth persona (which was obviously well-honed while in a classroom). I was not let down.

One can see why Foster's work is popular among Advanced Placement English teachers in America. He presents himself as one of us (i.e., American and not British), only with a deep erudition of literature. He invites us to see literature symbolically with the emotional weight of the literary tradition on our backs. We begin to see everyday literature as an intertextual conversation amongst the ages, where writers borrow ideas from each other and analyze each other's tomes.

Foster tackles topics like the weather, sex, irony, journeys and quests, and more. As the subtitle tells us, he teaches us to read between the lines as professors do. I hope that reading between the lines will lead to a greater efficacy of writing so that others can read between the lines as well.

Underlying this book is Foster's theory that increasing literary appreciation will lead to greater enjoyment of books. I suspect that he is right on. ( )
  scottjpearson | Jan 25, 2020 |
Initially, I thought that this book was going to be rather hard going. But by a couple of chapters in he had me quite engrossed. His chapter 4: If it's square it's a sonnet"...was quite delightful. And I really liked the way that he focused on the parallels that we should look for in literature; to the greek myths; to Shakespeare; to the bible for quotes and storylines. Obviously, it helps a lot to be steeped in some of these ...and as he points out....past generations were steeped in the King James version of the bible. (Which, incidentally, was deliberately written (translated) to be read out loud). I like his chapter on symbols....yes it's a symbol;...but everyone's interpretation of symbols is coloured by the own experience. And, "A road is never just a road"....it's about a journey.
I think he does a really good job of showing just how professors of literature do approach their reading and how it's possible to use the same techniques in analysing prose or poetry ...and maybe thereby score a higher mark for our essays. Ot even just get a lot more out of the particular work.
Happy to give this five stars. Worth re-reading. ( )
1 rösta booktsunami | Nov 17, 2019 |
I love this book. I AM an English teacher, and I now use the stuff in this book in my lectures. It is an extremely easy read, and really breaks down the symbolism and thematic elements in literature. ( )
  kweber319 | May 13, 2019 |
Summary: An introduction to the basics of understanding literature--symbols, themes, and contexts--that enrich our reading of literary fiction.

Have you ever read a literary work and had the feeling that there was so much more going on in the text than you were grasping? Or have you read a review of a book that you read, and felt that the reviewer saw much more in the text than you had? Have you felt that you describe the characters and summarize the plot, but wondered what all of it might signify (although sometimes a story is just a story, but not often in serious literature)? Or were you like me in literature courses where this was all brought up very seriously and pretentiously in ways that made you feel utterly stupid, or worse, where it was just assumed that you understood this stuff?

If you identified with any of these descriptions, I think you will welcome this book as a welcome aid to enrich your reading. For one thing, Foster engages us in an informal, offhand style that makes all the different literary devices he is discussing interesting and fun, and make you feel you are not as stupid as you thought. Here, for example is a passage from the chapter "Every Trip is a Quest (Except When It's Not)":

"The real reason for a quest never involves the stated reason. In fact, more often than not, the quester fails at the stated task. So why do they go and why do we care? They go because of the stated task, mistakenly believing that it is their real mission. We know, however, that their quest is educational. They don't know enough about the only subject that really matters: themselves. The real reason for a quest is always self-knowledge. That's why questers are so often young, inexperienced, immature, sheltered. Forty-five-year-old men either have self-knowledge or they're never going to get it, while your average sixteen-to-seventeen-year-old kid is likely to have a long way to go in the self-knowledge department."

Foster, who is the lit prof all of us wish we had, helps us to see that memory, symbol, and pattern are key to going beyond characters and plot. As we are reading, asking "where have I seen that before?" can be helpful to understanding what is going on. Shakespeare, the Bible, and Greek mythology are three common sources upon which writers consciously or subconsciously draw. One of the key things is that "there's only one story" and that writers draw upon what they've read, a phenomenon known as "intertextuality." Have you ever felt your books are talking with each other? They just may be.

Then there are symbols, and the challenge of interpreting them: rain and weather, trips that are quests, shared meals that in some way signify communion, going into and coming out of water (baptism), all the symbols that point to sex, and the other things that sex points to.

Then there are patterns, like the vampire pattern--the older person who sucks the life out of the younger, innocent, the hero pattern and how it is usually those next to the hero who die (like the crew in the red uniforms on Star Trek) or the pattern of the Christ figure. Then of course, there is irony which turns the patterns on their heads.

Foster walks us through all of these, with a variety of examples from literary works. I found his use of these works to illustrate various elements from symbol to irony piqued my curiosity to read works I have not read. After covering these elements, he invites us to put them into practice with an exquisite short story by Katherine Mansfield, "The Garden Party."

The book concludes with the encouragement to read what we like while offering a reading list of works he has mentioned throughout the work as places to start. What I most appreciated was his encouragement in the previous chapter in his discussion on Roland Barthes "death of the author." His point is that what we really have access to is the text and our opinion of it. He urges:

"Don't cede control of your opinions to critics, teachers, famous writers, or know-it-all professors. Listen to them, but read confidently and assertively, and don't be ashamed or apologetic about your reading. You and I both know you're capable and intelligent, so don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Trust the text and trust your instincts. You'll rarely go far wrong."

Now doesn't that make you want to read great literature? ( )
1 rösta BobonBooks | Jan 24, 2019 |
I loved this book: it told me what I wanted to know about things that interest me. The reading list at the back is a lovely bonus. ( )
  CatherineBurkeHines | Nov 28, 2018 |
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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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