Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)


25 Jan 2006

Foster (1-3, 5)

How to Read Literature Like a Professor sections 1-3, 5.

How does literature as Foster describes it differ from literature as you experienced it in high school? (Choose one or two quotations from Foster that you found instructive, and come to class ready to talk about them.)

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Check out my blog at http://blogs.setonhill.edu/AndrewLoNigro/

Posted by: Andy LoNigro at January 23, 2006 11:48 PM

Come take a look see at my blog
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/DenamarieErcolani/2006/01/foster_readings.html

Posted by: Denamarie Ercolani at January 24, 2006 10:55 AM

Here's my blog http://blogs.setonhill.edu/DanielleMeyer/

Posted by: Danielle Meyer at January 24, 2006 02:31 PM

Sorry, I copied the wrong URL, go to this site to read my comments about the Foster (selections) http://blogs.setonhill.edu/AndrewLoNigro/2006/01/reading_between.html

Posted by: Andy LoNigro at January 24, 2006 04:04 PM

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/KevinHinton/2006/01/easing_down_the.html#more

Self knowledge could be the real answer to a quest.

Posted by: Kevin Hinton at January 24, 2006 08:45 PM

In Chapter Five Foster wrote:
I could never see the picture in a connect the dot drawing until Iíd put in virtually every line. Other kids could look at a page full of dots and say, ďOh, thatís an elephant. Me, I just saw dots.

And then he goes on to say that
If you read enough and give what you read enough thought, you begin to see patterns, archetypes, recurrences. And as with those pictures among the dots, itís a matter of learning to look.

That is exactly what I didnít do in high school. I didnít see patterns and archetypes and recurrences. I was never in the state of mind of looking for something like that. The literature in high school wasnít broken down in all different formats like Foster does in this book. When I began reading this book I didnít realize that a teenage boy going to the A&P was on a quest. I didnít think ahead about the princess and the road to travel, etc.

I feel like I am at a disadvantage as other kids in the class. I am not quite an avid reader and I donít have a lot of experience to compare Fosterís stories and examples to. But I can compare them to high school. I guess a huge difference between high school and what Foster is trying to say is that you need to dissect the reading and think beyond the words. What is the author really trying to say and how that is coming across to me, the reader. And like Foster says, even if I canít see all the correspondences I shouldnít worry.

Posted by: Brittney Aller at January 24, 2006 11:00 PM

I took at a stab at it: http://blogs.setonhill.edu/MikeRubino

Posted by: Mike Rubino at January 25, 2006 12:22 AM

I definitely agree with how it was said that authors recycle a part of a story (or material like how Foster said) and use it in their story.

Posted by: Sarah Lodzsun at January 26, 2006 12:01 PM

Okay, so i posted my blog two days ago and thought everyone would just go to it. my bad! here it is... http://blogs.setonhill.edu/ElyseBranam

Posted by: Elyse Branam at January 26, 2006 01:24 PM
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