How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C. Foster is a book that explains there is more to literature than just a few words on a paper or a few pages in a book. Thomas Foster’s book portrays a relatable message to a wide based audience. This book is relatable for two reasons, the way it is written and the examples it uses. The book is written in a conversational manner, as if the reader was in a group discussion about books and writing. As for the examples, they are informative, descriptive, relative, and entertaining. All books are based on previous memories. Forster states, “There is no such thing as a wholly original work of literature.” To show this statement is accurate, he uses examples of Shakespeare’s works and the Bible as sources of information for many writers and their stories. Having this knowledge, we look for these types of sources or other familiarities throughout the novels we read in order to make sense of them. “The more we become aware of the possibility that our text is speaking to other texts, the more similarities and correspondences we begin to notice, and the more alive the text becomes.” Intertexuality is comparing and being able to see the connections between one book and another. It enlightens our appreciation and experience, bringing several meanings to the text, which we may not be aware of. Aside from memory, the reader can connect to a story through pattern recognition. Readers can use plays as a pattern for plot, theme or both. In a lot of Shakespearean plays there are two common themes, revenge and heroism. Other common patterns are found in fairy tales. The themes of fairy tales are universally understood by the readers. They are able to draw analogies that most readers will be able to relate to. Some of the most common analogies are witches, princes, and evil stepmothers. Hansel and Gretel is a big universal theme. A present pattern
AP Literature and Composition
19 Aug 2012
Observations for How to Read Literature Like A Professor by Thomas C. Foster
Introduction: How’d He Do That?
1. Literature has a set of codes and rules, a set of conventions and patterns.
2. Conventions are used, observed, anticipated, and then fulfilled.
3. The three things that differentiate a professional reader from those less experienced are: memory, symbol and pattern.
4. A “Faustian bargain” is like making a deal with….
How To Read Literature Like a Professor Assignment
Chapter One- Every Trip Is a Quest (Except when It's Not)
In literature, a quest has 5 aspects. They are: our quester, a place to go, a stated reason to go there, challenges and trials, and the real reason to go. In Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, our quester is Huckleberry Finn himself. Huckleberry Finn is unhappy with his life, and the way everyone is trying to make him be. He seeks adventures. A place….
Chapters five of ' how to read literature like a professor' tells us that ; nothing is original, that everything is taken from something that has previously been told of a or wrote about. The road by Cormac McCarthy abides by this. When i was in the eight grade I read The Picture of Dorian Grey, When i was in the ninth grade i read The Twilight Saga, and last week i read Fifty Shades of Grey. All three of the listed books are derived from one another , in all three….
“How To Read Literature Like A Professor”
By: Thomas C. Foster
1) “Always" and "never" are not words that have much meaning in literary study. For one thing, as soon as something seems to always be true, some wise guy will come along and write something to prove that it's not.” pg.8
2) "there's no such thing as a wholly original work of literature" pg.20
3) "myth is a body of story that matters" pg.39
4) “The real reason for a quest is always self-knowledge.” pg.7
5) “Here’s the problem with….
How To Read Literature Like A Professor
Memory, symbol, and pattern all affect literature in different ways. When reading literature, it’s a wonderful asset to have a good memory and use that whenever you can. If you remember something you read from a novel two months ago and then apply that knowledge to an essay, your writing style and essay will improve greatly with such great examples. Symbol affects the way you read literature because when you recognize something symbolic….
How to Read Literature like a Professor
Chapter 1: We learn the basics of a quest in a book or novel. The author says a quest can be any kind of journey. He uses a kid, named Kip, who runs to the store to pick up some bread for his parents. Along the way he sees the girl he asked out, a bully named Troy, and his ’68 ‘Cuda.
When we hear or read the word “quest”, we think of an epic hero coming from a faraway land, who faces an obstacle, trials, a protagonist, and love story. To have a quest you….
How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster (Notes)
Introduction: “How’d He Do That?”
Part of reading is:
o Knowing conventions
o Recognizing conventions
o Anticipating results
When a person introduces a topic, then digresses onto other topics it doesn’t matter what examples, as soon as you see a couple of them you recognize a pattern.
o You know the author is coming back with an application of those examples to the main topic.
Conventions in stories/novels:
How Walter Lee Younger handles the decision with the devil.
Looks at himself at true cost
Walter Lee recovers in time to reject devils offer (Mr. Linder aka devil)
Resisting the devil shows how Walter Lee grows heroic by battling his own demons.
But he barely had time to come to his senses to resist the devil
Not making a deal with the devil
Everyone has to battle against their own demons it’s whether or not how strong you are to win that battle.
which deepens reading adding multiple levels of meaning to a work, defines interexulity. Being that there's no such thing as a wholly piece of work in literature helps me to indicate that any piece of work comes from another. Familiarizing myself with literature always help along the way to identify what and where that piece is borrowed from. So as I read I see lots of patterns. Generally, when I recognize elements from prior text I begin to draw comparisons and parallels that may be fantastic, parody….
original work of literature. All books borrow situations, ideas, and themes.
-There’s only one story. “When a new work is created, it is set among the monuments, adding to and altering the order.” –T.S. Eliot
-Intertextuality: the ongoing interaction between poems or stories. This link deepens reading, adding multiple levels of meaning to a work.
-Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder: Through Sophie’s travels she meets characters from other works of literature, such as Alice in….