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Thomas C. Foster is a professor of English at the University of Michigan-Flint. He teaches contemporary fiction, drama, poetry, creative writing, and composition. He is the author of several books including Twenty-Five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits show more Forged Our National Identity, How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, and How to Read Novels Like a Professor: A Jaunty Exploration of the World's Favorite Literary Form. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Also includes: Henry Green (5)

Works by Thomas C. Foster

Leer como un profesor (2015) 8 copies
Seamus Heaney (1989) 4 copies
Understanding John Fowles (1994) 4 copies

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Birthdate
20th Century
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Ohio, USA
Places of residence
East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Ohio, USA (birth)
Education
Dartmouth College
Michigan State University
Occupations
professor (English, University of Michigan)
Organizations
University of Michigan - Flint
Agent
Faith Hamlin
Short biography
Thomas C. Foster is a professor of English at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he teaches contemporary fiction, drama, and poetry as well as creative writing and composition. He lies in East Lansing, Michigan. [adapted from How to Read Literature Like a Professor [rev. ed.] (2014)

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I had loved How to Read Literature like a Professor and I very much enjoyed this one. Beyond plot and character development, Foster talks about how a novel engages, how they have evolved and how reads can form special relationships with them. It is a fun lesson in literature with Foster's signature sense of humour to lighten what could be a dull read.
A great way to remind ourselves, as readers, why we love novels!
 
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Cecilturtle | 24 other reviews | Apr 13, 2024 |
I read this book to prepare myself to lead a book group discussion on some poems we elected to read. It was very readable, informative, and humorous in all the right places. If you are venturing into reading poetry and don't know beans about it, this is the book for you.
 
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jemisonreads | 14 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
Not an entirely unenjoyable trip through literary criticism. I think I actually learned a thing or two, but if I hadn't been reading this book for a class I probably wouldn't have finished it.
 
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LibrarianDest | 89 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
Most of the book was just talking about themes that come up often. This is fair enough, but so many chapters which are "X CAN BE METAPHORICAL TOO" or "Y IS REFERENCED OFTEN" with maybe a paragraph of what the associations are, why this'd be done, etc, feels very rudimentary. The best part of the book is the ending, which takes an excellent short story and provides some analysis of it, but again this analysis is fairly rudimentary - Foster focuses on one theme which isn't as obvious as he tries to treat it as and quotes an essay which is interesting but just points out examples of an image used in the text without really linking it to any other points.

It might not be 1 star bad, but I felt bored and skim read entire chapters. I constantly felt that I could do way better just by reading more books, which appeared to be his point anyway.
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