Title: How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines,
- Revised Edition Paperback – February 25, 2014 by Thomas C Foster (Author)
- great guide educating about the basics of classic literature and how authors use patterns, themes, memory and symbolism in their work to deliver their message to you.
Good summary note here ULR
- Lesson 1: Most books hide their message using memory, symbols and patterns.
- Memory, symbols, and patterns are what hide the deeper message in any book.
- Lesson 2: One of the most common patterns is the quest structure.
- eg. hero type: A quester / A destination / A stated reason to go / Some challenges along the way / An unexpected revelation
- Lesson 3: + Look for universal messages in books to discover which symbols authors use.
- intertextuality – all texts depend on one another – and it’s a good thing!
- Ask “What’s the universal message behind this event?” as you read, and you’ll be able to spot symbols and some of the big ideas, which have been around for centuries.
- Interesting messages: summarized here ULR
- Which questions help you get to the emotional level of a book
- What one book all other books connect to
- How the Mississippi river is a symbol for more than one thing, in just one book
- Why settings profoundly shape how we perceive a story (and what role seasons play in it)
- What makes irony one of the most powerful tools of an author