Admittidly, I really think I am going to enjoy reading "How to Read Literature Like a Professor." During the introduction, one thing that I noticed immediately was the author knowing what is in the mind of the students. Not only is Foster introducing and teaching, he is answering the questions and clearing up the confusion of students everywhere. "It may seem at times as if the professor is either inventing interpretations ut of thin air or else performing parlor tricks, a sort of analytical sleight of hand"
Along the same lines, every student thinks something similar to the above thought. A good teacher can identify the thoughts and troubles of an individual and clear it up. I was impressed at his style of writing this book.
It is like he went on a quest just as symbolized in the 16-year-old riding his bike crossing German Shepards, facing a dragon, and eyeing the princess. We have to look deeper than the meaning of things which is what Foster is doing with his writing style. He is not just presenting information, he answers questions that are deep within the student. By showing that he can do this with writing, shows that we as students can do it too. Not every quest is literal like "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" or "Beowulf". Our quest is symbolic and conquerable; Foster can do it so any student can.
In Stephanie's comment she talks about making up analysis for literature which is what Foster's quest is all about. There are symbols and patterns everywhere and we do have to learn to find them. There is usually deeper meaning within what we've read and you're not really making it up. It is jst based on logical interpretations....there has got to be evidence to support your claim.