How to Read Literature Like a Professor - Thomas C. Foster

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Do you know why Harry Potter has a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead? What is the green light that fascinates Gatsby? Why do all the male characters in "One Hundred Years of Solitude" have one name? All these specific questions can be summarized into one question: What does the author mean?

You can get the answer to this question in the book to be introduced today. After reading the book that we will introduce today, when facing literary books, you will be more aware of the author's true intentions after the line. Today we are going to share a book that will make you fall in love with literary books. How to Read Literature Like a Professor is the representative work of Thomas C. Foster, the most popular open-course professor of literature in the United States.

How to Read Literature Like a Professor

About The Book

How to Read a Literary Book is a popular public class given by Professor Foster at the University of Michigan. It provides a new combing of various literary works such as novels, movies, dramas, and poetry. The book has been on the Amazon bestseller list for eight consecutive years.

In this book, the author leads us to analyze 300 literary classics, analyzes the subtle but true meanings in the works in detail, and sums up the three magic weapons needed when reading literary works: memory, symbol, and pattern. Among them, memory is a necessary knowledge reserve for reading literary books; while symbols and patterns are some common techniques and routines in literary works. In this book, the author lists 8 common symbolism and 6 novel creation modes.

In this practical and interesting guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and interesting 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.

How to Read Literature Like a Professor Table of Contents

Recommended Reasons for This Book

1. It is a wonderful introductory book to literature. The author's writing is full of humor, the chapters in this book are meticulously divided and interesting, and the language is concise and rich in content.

2. This book uses a colloquial but very attractive writing method to teach readers how to read literary books. It is perfect for listening to audiobooks, just like a class.

3. The examples in this book are not new but vivid. It can let readers feel that the author of this book has a deep reading experience and teaching experience.

4. This book uses humorous writing to guide you to read literary books, unlock the truth hidden in the text, and let you discover a new world of the text. So reading this book will help you to improve your English reading level and enrich your English reading experience.

Applicable Group

1. Students above high school

2. People who like literary reading

3. People who want to learn literary reading

Audience Reviews

Before reading a new book, we always view some reviews of the book. All books have positive and negative reviews. Here are some excerpts from audience reviews of How to Read Literature Like a Professor:

Positive Review

  • "How to Read Literature Like a Professor is a book that allows you to discover the joy of literature. It enables you to read and understand literature with a new perspective, and harvest the profound meaning and more fun in literary works."
  • "I found the book thorough and useful, and entertaining enough to keep me reading. His insight is plenty useful for the untrained reader, and I personally found it to be a good balance of things I knew and didn't. My only complaint is that he chooses lots of examples that may not be well-known to most readers. However, he is very good at explaining the work clearly and still chooses some better-known works when possible."
  • "I found the book thorough and useful, and entertaining enough to keep me reading. His insight is plenty useful for the untrained reader, and I personally found it to be a good balance of things I knew and didn't. My only complaint is that he chooses lots of examples that may not be well-known to most readers. However, he is very good at explaining the work clearly and still chooses some better-known works when possible."

Negative Review

  • "This book may be informing, but this book is a little tiresome to read. It is more suitable for students studying at school."
  • "I think the book was a little bit bland for a casual reader, but the performance was great nonetheless."

How to Read Literature Like a Professor Review

About Thomas C. Foster

Thomas C. Foster is a professor of English at the University of Michigan-Flint. He teaches contemporary fiction, drama, poetry, 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 is the author of the New York Times bestselling How to Read Novels Like a Professor and How to Read Literature Like a Professor.

Thomas C Foster

How to Get The Book

PDF Format: You can get the e-Book of How to Read Literature Like a Professor in PDF version by clicking here to download.

Digital Audiobook Format: Download here

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Similar Books

  • How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor
  • How to Read Novels Like a Professor
  • How to Read a Book
  • How to Read Poetry Like a Professor
  • Reading the Silver Screen

Conclusion

If you are a student, How to Read Literature Like a Professor is a good choice for you to learn the literature. If you're a literature lover, this book is suitable for you as well. After reading this book, I believe you will like literature. Try to read and download this book!

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