How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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

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What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey?. Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface--a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character--and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you.In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and gratifying 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.show more

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  • Hardback | 314 pages
  • 129.54 x 198.12 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
  • Turtleback Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Prebound edition
  • Turtleback School & Library ed.
  • 0606318089
  • 9780606318082
  • 2,058,626

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