How to Read Literature Like a Professor Outline

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Chapter 1 – Every Trip Is a Quest (Except When It’s Not) Main Ideas:

To have a quest, a novel must have
A knight
A dangerous path
A holy grail
An evil knight
A dragon
A princess
The quest is always educational and provides knowledge of ones self

Chapter 2 – Nice To Eat With You: Acts of Communion
Main Ideas:

It is a communion “Whenever people eat or drink together...” Breaking bread together is an act of sharing and peace
There has to be a compelling reason to include a meal scene in the story because they’re typically boring. When we eat, we tend to want to do it with people we are comfortable with.  Usually sharing a meal is a common factor that all living things share. Eating is a necessity for life and we all have that bond with food. If a meal turns ugly or doesn’t happen at all it’s a bad sign.

Chapter 3 – Nice To Eat You: Act of Vampires
Main Ideas:

Sex has been considered an evil act since the bible. Mainly because the snake seduced Eve in the garden. Vampires aren’t just involved in vampirism.
They revolve around selfishness and exploitation, as well as refusal to respect the autonomy of other people.

Chapter 4 – If It’s Square, It’s a Sonnet
Main Ideas:

Sonnets can be described as versatile, ubiquitous, various and short. A sonnet is square shaped because of the fourteen line structure and its meaning is in its sentence just like in basic writing. It is written in sentence form but simply arranged by lines.

Chapter 5 – Now, Where Have I Seen Her Before?
Main Ideas:

There’s no such thing as original work in Literature!
The more you read, the more you see patterns, archetypes, and recurrences. When you pick up on elements (parallels and analogies) you’re understanding of the novel deepens. Thus, you must analyze to get the full affect of the novel.

Chapter 6 – When in Doubt, Its from Shakespeare
Main Ideas:

Bard is a poet reciting epics with a particular oral tradition and he is never the same in each piece of literature. Every ear recreates Shakespeare’s work.
Shakespeare’s work is so widely known, that you don’t have to read most of his plays to know the plot or even the quotes from his plays. The interplay we recognize become partners with play writers in creating new meaning that reliance allows to say with less direct statements. Imagination is both the writer’s and reader’s job.

Foster implies that when we read “work and something sounds too good to be true, you know where it’s from” (Foster, 46) meaning from Shakespeare.

Chapter 7 – Or The Bible
Main Ideas:

The loss of innocence is another meaning from falling from grace. Some times the title is biblical, and not the story.
Ecclesiastes, you can turn to for “hopelessness and infertility and the sense that the future no longer exists” Early literature in English is informed by religion.
If the text seems to go beyond the scope of the story’s dimension, start looking for allusions to prior, older text.

Chapter 8 – Hanseldee and Greteldum
Main Ideas:

Every age has their classic favorite stories, but the universal appeal of children getting lost and far from home. The best parallels, analogies, plot structure, reference, that most readers will know is through children’s literature because writers can’t assume a common body of knowledge. Metonymy is the rhetorical device in which a part is made to stand for the whole. Fairytales being twisted in modern times are certainly ironic. When we read, we want both strange (never read qualities) and familiarity, so as readers we can comprehend the text.

Chapter 9 – It’s Greek to Me
Main Ideas:

Myth is simply the shaping and power of the story and symbols. Three sorts of myths: Shakespearean, biblical and folk/fairytale. Folk/Fairytale myth is mostly Greek and Roman myths.
Greek and Roman myth is apart of our consciousness, of our unconscious. There are myths that...
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