How to Read Literature Like a Professor Essay

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

Introduction: How’d He Do That? * How do memory, symbol, and pattern affect the reading of literature? How does the recognition of patterns make it easier to read complicated literature? Discuss a time when your appreciation of a literary work was enhanced by understanding symbol or pattern. * When reading literature: memory, symbol, and pattern help you understand the text better. If you don’t comprehend literature, then you won’t know the real meaning behind that passage. But that’s why memory, symbol, and pattern come in to help. I think the recognition of patterns make it easier to read complicated literature because then we can analyze what
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Chapter 3 – Nice to Eat You: Acts of Vampires * What are the essentials of the Vampire story? Apply this to a literary work you have read or viewed. *
Chapter 4 – If It’s Square, It’s a Sonnet * Select three sonnets and show which form they are. Discuss how their content reflects the form. (Submit copies of the sonnets, marked to show your analysis. You may scan them or use your phone to take clear pictures.) *
Chapter 5 – Now, Where Have I seen Her Before? * Define intersexuality. Discuss three examples that have helped you in reading specific works.
Chapter 6 – When in Doubt, It’s from Shakespeare… * Discuss a work that you are familiar with that alludes to or reflects Shakespeare. Show how the author uses this connection thematically. Read pages 44-46 carefully. In these pages, Foster shows how Fugard reflects Shakespeare through both plot and theme. In your discussion, focus on theme.
Chapter 7 -- …Or the Bible * Read “Araby”. Discuss Biblical allusions that Foster does not mention. Look at that example of the “two great jars.” Be creative and imaginative in these connections.
Chapter 8 – Hanseldee and Greteldum * Think of a work of literature that reflects a fairy tale. Discuss the parallels. Does it create irony or deepen appreciation?
Chapter 9 – It’s Greek to Me * Write a free verse poem derived or inspired by characters or situations from Greek

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