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

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

EVERYTHING IS A SYMBOL.

Okay, not really. But more things than not, at least when it comes to literature. I was hesitant to read How to Read Literature Like a Professor because I felt that I had not read enough classics to understand what Thomas Foster would be talking about – but then I realized that maybe it was a good idea to read the book before embarking on my literature quest, so I would have some background knowledge heading in. After all, knowledge is power.

And I was right. Though a myriad of the book titles went over my head and some of the examples were consequently confusing, for the most part I feel like I’ve learned a lot from reading this book. Granted, I’m a high school student, so I didn’t know much to begin with, but I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves English, literature, or is interested in reading a book about books. As a bibliophile and self-proclaimed future English major, I loved learning about irony, allusions, and everything else Foster shared using his casual yet sophisticated writing style.

Not a bad book to start out 2012 with. Now to move on to an actual novel…

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6 responses to “How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

  1. RabidBunnyD

    I remember having to read that for my english class in highschool, only we focused only on two chapters. I believe they were “It’s all about sex” and “unless it’s sex”. Awkward reading assignments, tbh.

    BTW, hi, yes, I live. :)

    • Those two chapters were quite interesting and informative, as well as a little awkward. I wonder if I’ll have to read this book again for class…

      Anyway, where have you been!? I’ve missed you! For some reason WordPress won’t let me visit your blog…

      • I just wrote a new post in it too XD I’ve been good. Got A’s and B’s in my classes, even that horrible terrible one. this semester I lucked out, and none of my classes start earlier than 2 and no class on friday, which is perfect space for a part time job. And I had a wicked christmas. Hope you’ve been doing well

        • So I finally was able to access your blog through my email, and your new post happens to coincide with what I’m studying in my AP Psychology class! Good work with your grades, and that schedule sounds superb. Thanks for dropping by, I always look forward to hearing your thoughts!

  2. Thanks for the review – will definitely check it out!

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