January 28, 2007

Basically Everyone - Oh, And Their Dog Too

Excellent. So Shakespeare and Ecclesiastes and Rod Stewart and Anita Brookner. You know, I think we might be onto something here.
Thomas C. Foster (How to Read Literature Like a Professor)

Seasons of life. As Foster points out, an age old concept, maybe even two or three or thirty ages - depending on how you define an age. Well, guess what Foster - WE GET IT. I don't normally take the time to bother and complain about what I have to read for classes, but this is a little ridiculous, as in really.
Common sense isn't always common. I know that; you know that (and if you didn't, I just told you, so now you do.) I'm really beginning to get frustrated with the style of How to Read Like a Professor. In the style of persuasion, examples are 100% necessary, but too much repetition doesn't convince an audience, it alienates them.
Foster has valid point to make, and Shakespeare, Ecclesiastes, Rod Stewart, and Anita Brookner all made the same one (at least when it comes to season). Spring = rebirth and youth, Summer = passion and excitement, Fall = preparation and old age, Winter = Death and bitterness. Genius! Who would have thought? Everyone! We get it, can we please move on now?

Posted by Diana Geleskie at January 28, 2007 7:52 PM | TrackBack

I'm glad to know that this is familiar to you, Diana.

All I ask is that you remember that I chose this book for a 100-level class designed for freshmen and sophomores.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 28, 2007 9:03 PM

Yes, I understand Dr. Jerz. I wrote this blog entry directly after reading the chapters and I couldn't help but feel the point was being beaten into me. I agree though, I probably shouldn't have written it while quite so annoyed, I should have sat back and thought about it - and come up with something better to discuss.

Posted by: Diana Geleskie at January 28, 2007 11:15 PM
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