How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. ISBN: 978-0062301673 Assignment: Please respond to each of the following prompts in a typed paragraph. Be sure to answer each question completely.
Chapter 1: Consider the five aspects of a QUEST and then apply them to something you have read (or viewed). Use the list on p.4-5 to structure your response. Chapter 2: Choose a meal scene from a literary work (or film) and apply the ideas that were discussed in Chapter 2. Chapter 3: Explain what Foster means when he says, “ghosts and vampires are never only about ghosts and vampires.” Chapter 5: Discuss a work that you are familiar with that alludes to or reflects Shakespeare. Show how the author uses this connection thematically. Read pages 44-46 carefully. In these pages, Foster shows how Fugard reflects Shakespeare through both plot and theme. In your discussion, focus on theme. Chapter 7: Think of a work of literature that reflects a fairy tale. Discuss the parallels. Explain how the work creates irony or deepens appreciation. Chapter 8: Write a free verse poem derived or inspired by characters or situations from Greek mythology. Be prepared to share your poem with the class. Chapter 9: Discuss the importance of weather in a specific literary work, not in terms of plot. Discuss the role that the weather plays in the story. Chapter 11: Present examples of two kinds of violence found in literature. Show how the effects are different. Chapter 13: Assume that Foster is right and “it is all political.” Use his criteria to show that one of the major works assigned to you in the last three years is political. Chapter 14: Apply the criteria on page 126 to a major character in a significant literary work. Try to choose a character that will have many matches. This is a particularly apt tool for analyzing film—for example, Star Wars, Cool Hand Luke, Excalibur, Malcolm X, Braveheart, Spartacus, Gladiator, and Ben Hur. Explain how each of the traits applies to the character that you have chosen. Chapter 18: Think of a “baptism scene” from a significant literary work. How was the character different after the experience? Explain. Chapter 19: Discuss at least two different aspects of a specific literary work that Foster would classify under “geography.”
How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas