How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised Edition

How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised Edition
Author: Thomas C. Foster
Pages: 368
ISBN: 0062301675
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Release: 2014-02-25
Editor: Harper Perennial
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster's classic guide—a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes, and contexts—that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable. While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in these texts. How to Read Literature Like a Professor helps us to discover those hidden truths by looking at literature with the eyes—and the literary codes—of the ultimate professional reader: the college professor. What does it mean when a literary hero travels along a dusty road? When he hands a drink to his companion? When he's drenched in a sudden rain shower? Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, Thomas C. Foster provides us with a broad overview of literature—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 a shower—and shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun. This revised edition includes new chapters, a new preface, and a new epilogue, and incorporates updated teaching points that Foster has developed over the past decade.

How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised

How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised
Author: Thomas C. Foster
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780062344205
Available:
Release: 2014-02-25
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster's classic guide—a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes, and contexts—that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable. While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in these texts. How to Read Literature Like a Professor helps us to discover those hidden truths by looking at literature with the eyes—and the literary codes—of the ultimate professional reader: the college professor. What does it mean when a literary hero travels along a dusty road? When he hands a drink to his companion? When he's drenched in a sudden rain shower? Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, Thomas C. Foster provides us with a broad overview of literature—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 a shower—and shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun. This revised edition includes new chapters, a new preface, and a new epilogue, and incorporates updated teaching points that Foster has developed over the past decade.

How to Read Literature Like a Professor

How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Author: Thomas C. Foster
Pages: 368
ISBN: 0062696858
Available:
Release: 2017-05-16
Editor: Harper
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The classic guide, now available in a hardcover edition—a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes and contexts, that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable. While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in these texts. How to Read Literature Like a Professor helps us to discover those hidden truths by looking at literature with the eyes—and the literary codesof the ultimate professional reader, the college professor. What does it mean when a literary hero is traveling along a dusty road? When he hands a drink to his companion? When he's drenched in a sudden rain shower? Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices and form, Thomas C. Foster provides us with a broad overview of literature—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 a shower—and shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun. This revised edition includes new chapters, a new preface and epilogue, and incorporates updated teaching points that Foster has developed over the past decade.

How to Read Literature Like a Professor For Kids

How to Read Literature Like a Professor  For Kids
Author: Thomas C. Foster
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780062200877
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Release: 2013-04-23
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids, New York Times bestselling author and professor Thomas C. Foster gives tweens the tools they need to become thoughtful readers. With funny insights and a conversational style, he explains the way writers use symbol, metaphor, characterization, setting, plot and other key techniques to make a story come to life. From that very first middle school book report to that first college course, kids need to be able to understand the layers of meaning in literature. Foster makes learning this important skill fun and exciting by using examples from How the Grinch Stole Christmas to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, from short stories and poems to movie scripts. This go-to guide unlocks all the hidden secrets to reading, making it entertaining and satisfying.

How to Read Novels Like a Professor

How to Read Novels Like a Professor
Author: Thomas C. Foster
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780061977701
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Release: 2009-10-06
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Of all the literary forms, the novel is arguably the most discussed . . . and fretted over. From Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote to the works of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and today's masters, the novel has grown with and adapted to changing societies and technologies, mixing tradition and innovation in every age throughout history. Thomas C. Foster—the sage and scholar who ingeniously led readers through the fascinating symbolic codes of great literature in his first book, How to Read Literature Like a Professor—now examines the grammar of the popular novel. Exploring how authors' choices about structure—point of view, narrative voice, first page, chapter construction, character emblems, and narrative (dis)continuity—create meaning and a special literary language, How to Read Novels Like a Professor shares the keys to this language with readers who want to get more insight, more understanding, and more pleasure from their reading.

Reading the Silver Screen

Reading the Silver Screen
Author: Thomas C. Foster
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780062113405
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Release: 2016-09-13
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor comes an indispensable analysis of our most celebrated medium, film. No art form is as instantly and continuously gratifying as film. When the house lights go down and the lion roars, we settle in to be shocked, frightened, elated, moved, and thrilled. We expect magic. While we’re being exhilarated and terrified, our minds are also processing data of all sorts—visual, linguistic, auditory, spatial—to collaborate in the construction of meaning. Thomas C. Foster’s Reading the Silver Screen will show movie buffs, students of film, and even aspiring screenwriters and directors how to transition from merely being viewers to becoming accomplished readers of this great medium. Beginning with the grammar of film, Foster demonstrates how every art form has a grammar, a set of practices and if-then propositions that amount to rules. He goes on to explain how the language of film enables movies to communicate the purpose behind their stories and the messages they are striving to convey to audiences by following and occasionally breaking these rules. Using the investigative approach readers love in How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Foster examines this grammar of film through various classic and current movies both foreign and domestic, with special recourse to the “AFI 100 Years-100 Movies” lists. The categories are idiosyncratic yet revealing. In Reading the Silver Screen, readers will gain the expertise and confidence to glean all they can from the movies they love.

How to Read Literature

How to Read Literature
Author: Terry Eagleton
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9780300190960
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Release: 2013-05-21
Editor: Yale University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

DIV A literary master’s entertaining guide to reading with deeper insight, better understanding, and greater pleasure /div

Twenty five Books That Shaped America

Twenty five Books That Shaped America
Author: Thomas C. Foster
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780062092076
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Release: 2011-05-24
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Thomas C. Foster, acclaimed author of the phenomenal bestseller How to Read Literature Like a Professor, returns with a hugely entertaining appreciation of twenty-five works of literature that have greatly influenced the American identity. In a delightfully informative, often wry manner, Twenty-Five Books that Shaped America looks closely at important literary classics that are true national treasures. From The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, and Huckleberry Finn through Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49, Twenty-Five Books that Shaped America examines masterpieces of the written word that have greatly influence what we are as a people and a nation.

How to Read Literature Like a Professor A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

How to Read Literature Like a Professor  A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
Author: Thomas C. Foster
Pages: 336
ISBN: 1606869752
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Release: 2003-02
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A fun and practical introduction to literature and literary basics--symbols, themes, and contexts--shows how to make everyday reading experiences more rewarding and enjoyable.

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster
Author: Bill Gates
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780735280458
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Release: 2021-02-16
Editor: Knopf Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NATIONAL BESTSELLER In this urgent, singularly authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical--and accessible--plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid an irreversible climate catastrophe. Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help and guidance of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science and finance, he has focused on exactly what must be done in order to stop the planet's slide toward certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only gathers together all the information we need to fully grasp how important it is that we work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases but also details exactly what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal. He gives us a clear-eyed description of the challenges we face. He describes the areas in which technology is already helping to reduce emissions; where and how the current technology can be made to function more effectively; where breakthrough technologies are needed, and who is working on these essential innovations. Finally, he lays out a concrete plan for achieving the goal of zero emissions--suggesting not only policies that governments should adopt, but what we as individuals can do to keep our government, our employers and ourselves accountable in this crucial enterprise. As Bill Gates makes clear, achieving zero emissions will not be simple or easy to do, but by following the guidelines he sets out here, it is a goal firmly within our reach.

No no Boy

No no Boy
Author: John Okada
Pages: 260
ISBN: 0295955252
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Release: 1981
Editor: University of Washington Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the aftermath of World War II, Ichiro, a Japanese American, returns home to Seattle to make a new start after two years in an internment camp and two years in prison for refusing to be drafted

Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer

Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer
Author: Joseph Conrad
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781440637230
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Release: 2008-08-05
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this pair of literary voyages into the inner self, Joseph Conrad has written two of the most chilling, disturbing, and noteworthy pieces of fiction of the twentieth century. Heart of Darkness is a devastating commentary on the corruptibility of humanity. Based on Conrad’s own 1890 trip up the Congo River, the story is told by Marlow, the novelist’s alter ego. It is a journey into darkness and horror—both literally, as the narrator descends into a sinister jungle landscape, and metaphorically, as he encounters the morally depraved Mr. Kurtz. The Secret Sharer is the tale of a young sea captain’s first command as he sails into the Gulf of Siam—and into an encounter with his mysterious “double,” the shadow self of the unconscious mind. Joseph Conrad boldly experimented with the novella and novel forms, filled his writing with the exotic places he himself had traveled, and concerned himself with honor, guilt, moral alienation, and sin. Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer encapsulate his literary achievements—and his haunting portrayal of the dark side of man. With an Introduction by Joyce Carol Oates and an Afterword by Vince Passaro

Angels Demons

Angels   Demons
Author: Dan Brown
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9780743493468
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Release: 2006-05-23
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The murder of a world-famous physicist raises fears that the Illuminati are operating again after centuries of silence, and religion professor Robert Langdon is called in to assist with the case.

Summary of Thomas C Foster s How to Read Literature Like a Professor

Summary of Thomas C  Foster s How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Author: Milkyway Media
Pages: 329
ISBN:
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Release: 2021-08-13
Editor: Milkyway Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Buy now to get the main key ideas from Thomas C. Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor What does it mean for a fictional hero to set off down a road? Share a meal? Get soaked in a sudden rain shower? In How to Read Literature Like a Professor (2003), Thomas C. Foster demonstrates how simple and satisfying it is to uncover the meanings and symbols in literature, 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 in this practical and amusing guide. For everyday readers, there's always a sneaking suspicion that there's much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface — perhaps a symbol that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character. Foster covers key themes, literary models, narrative techniques, and structure, with the goal of making your reading experience more engaging, rewarding, and entertaining.

Understanding Novels

Understanding Novels
Author: Thomas C. Foster
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9781408111062
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Release: 2009-02-27
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A personal tutoring session with an expert.

Shakespeare and the Jews

Shakespeare and the Jews
Author: James Shapiro
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780231541879
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Release: 2016-03-08
Editor: Columbia University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

First published in 1996, James Shapiro's pathbreaking analysis of the portrayal of Jews in Elizabethan England challenged readers to recognize the significance of Jewish questions in Shakespeare's day. From accounts of Christians masquerading as Jews to fantasies of settling foreign Jews in Ireland, Shapiro's work delves deeply into the cultural insecurities of Elizabethans while illuminating Shakespeare's portrayal of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. In a new preface, Shapiro reflects upon what he has learned about intolerance since the first publication of Shakespeare and the Jews.

Empire of Pain

Empire of Pain
Author: Patrick Radden Keefe
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9780385697552
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Release: 2021-04-13
Editor: Bond Street Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The highly anticipated portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, by the prize-winning, bestselling author of SAY NOTHING The Sackler name adorns the walls of many storied institutions: Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oxford, the Louvre. They are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations to the arts and sciences. The source of the family fortune was vague, however, until it emerged that the Sacklers were responsible for making and marketing OxyContin, a blockbuster painkiller that was a catalyst for the opioid crisis. Empire of Pain is a masterpiece of narrative reporting and writing, exhaustively documented and ferociously compelling.

A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun
Author: Lorraine Hansberry
Pages: 135
ISBN: 9780679601722
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Release: 1995
Editor: Modern Library (Hardcover)
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A black family is united in love and pride as they struggle to overcome poverty and harsh living conditions, in the 1959 play about an embattled Chicago family.

Cousin Phillis

Cousin Phillis
Author: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Pages: 94
ISBN: 9781513276427
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Release: 2021-02-09
Editor: Graphic Arts Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When Paul Manning begins working as an engineer clerk for the railroad, he decides to move in with his mother’s family on their farm. There, he is able to be closer to his job as the railroad paves the way for further industrialization of rural areas. While Paul is advancing in his career and settling in his new home, his attention is held by his cousin, Phillis. Paul and Phillis become quick friends and confidants. Worried for her, Paul keeps a close eye on Phillis as she comes of age. Because of Phillis’ beauty and high intelligence, she does not seem to fit into any social circles. Many other women feel that she is not lady-like enough, and men are threatened by her superior intellect. However, as Paul and Phillis grow closer, Phillis meets his boss, and quickly falls in love with him. Edward Holdsworth, Paul’s boss, is a very intelligent man, and is not intimidated by Phillis’ equal intellect. Though, as their relationship continues, Paul becomes uneasy about the match, feeling uncomfortable about the age gap between his cousin and Holdsworth. Despite his objections and guidance, Phillis ultimately must decide her place in the world by herself. As she grows older, this only becomes more confusing as the Industrial Revolution rises alongside her, changing a world that she never yet had the chance to gain footing in. Separated into four parts, Cousin Phillis contains a narrative the spans throughout both Paul and Phillis’ coming of age as they grow, find occupations, love, and navigate the rigid social expectations of the Victorian era. Considered by literary critics and professionals to be one of Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell’s crowning achievements, Cousin Phillis is a moving narrative filled with drama, sentiment, and humor. While Cousin Phillis reveals thoughtful perspectives on Victorian life, especially regarding gender dynamics and social changes amid the Industrial Revolution, it also portrays the universally relatable experience of coming-of-age, creating a narrative with both historical significance and timeless relatability. This edition of Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell features a striking new cover design and is printed in an easy-to-read font, making it both readable and modern.

How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor

How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor
Author: Thomas C. Foster
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780062895882
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Release: 2020-05-26
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The New York Times bestselling author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor uses the same skills to teach how to access accurate information in a rapidly changing 24/7 news cycle and become better readers, thinkers, and consumers of media. We live in an information age, but it is increasingly difficult to know which information to trust. Fake news is rampant in mass media, stoked by foreign powers wishing to disrupt a democratic society. We need to be more perceptive, more critical, and more judicious readers. The future of our republic may depend on it. How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor is more careful, more attentive, more aware reading. On bookstore shelves, one book looks as authoritative as the next. Online, posts and memes don’t announce their relative veracity. It is up to readers to establish how accurate, how thorough, how fair material may be. After laying out general principles of reading nonfiction, How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor offers advice for specific reading strategies in various genres from histories and biographies to science and technology to social media. Throughout, the emphasis will be on understanding writers’ biases, interrogating claims, analyzing arguments, remaining wary of broad assertions and easy answers, and thinking critically about the written and spoken materials readers encounter. We can become better citizens through better reading, and the time for that is now.