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September 8, 2005

How to Read Literature Like a Professor

Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor Intro through p. 22 -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

"To put characters, then, in this mundance, overused, fairly boring situation, something more has to be happening than simply beef, forks, and goblets." (Foster, Chapter 2)

I love this quote. It is a perfect example of Foster's humor and his writing style. He writes in a way that is very easy to understand. I particularly like this quote and chapter, because it deals with something that is so common and that I see on a daily basis while watching TV or reading a book. I never, even once, gave a thought to the depth of the dinner table in a work. I always just saw it as enjoyable entertainment. It now makes perfect sense that the author, playwright, director, etc. put the dinner at the time and point that he did. I'm excited about reading the rest of this book because I think that it will be very beneficial in reading literature from here on out.

Posted by CheraPupi at September 8, 2005 8:29 PM


The first time I taught with this book, the students reacted so positively I decided I'd start right in with first-semester freshmen. I hope the book gives you some chuckles, as well as intellectual insights. Thanks for your feedback, Chera.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 8, 2005 9:06 PM

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