How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Foster)

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"Mr. Lindner? That Milquetoast?

Right. Mr. Lindner the milquetoast. So what did you think the devil would look like? If he were red with a tail, horns, and cloven hooves, any fool could say no." (page xi)

When I first began reading this introduction, I wondered if I had picked up the wrong book. I was expecting an introduction that would immediately begin telling me what I could expect to find in this book. However, the introduction began with more of an example of how a literary professor reads a novel compared to how a student typically reads a novel. I thought this was a clever and interesting way to begin the introduction. I usually don't read the introduction of books because I find they are boring, and I fully intend on reading the book so is the introduction really going to state anything I won't find in the main text? The way Foster began this introduction intrigued me though to read the full introduction. The introduction on a whole has now interested me to read this book since I felt I could relate to his description of the professor's views versus the students views of a work of literature.

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Rosalind Blair said:

Before reading your post on this book, I had not read the introduction. When I begin to read a book, I like to be left in the dark about what I am about to read. I feel as if some introductions offer too much insight about what is to come, yet others only confuse me. There have been several introductions that have made me second guess my decision to read a book, based only on the fact that I could not understand, or enjoy the introduction. But after reading your blog, I definitely plan on going back and reading Fosters insight.

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