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So my last reblogged post about sex in literature (and subsequent reblogs) reminded me of this book, the brilliant How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas C. Foster. I’ve had a copy of this on my shelf since high school, and the chapter titles alone are things that are always good for English Lit majors to keep in mind:

Chapter 1: Every Trip is a Quest (Except When It’s Not)
Chapter 2: Nice to Eat with You: Acts of Communion
Chapter 3: Nice to Eat You: Acts of Vampires
Chapter 4: If It’s Square, It’s a Sonnet
Chapter 5: Now, Where Have I Seen Her Before?
Chapter 6: When in Doubt, It’s from Shakespeare…
Chapter 7: …Or the Bible
Chapter 8: Hanseldee and Greteldum
Chapter 9: It’s Greek to Me
Chapter 10: It’s More Than Just Rain or Snow
Chapter 11: …More Than It’s Gonna Hurt You: Concerning Violence
Chapter 12: Is That a Symbol?
Chapter 13: It’s All Political
Chapter 14: Yes, She’s a Christ Figure, Too
Chapter 15: Flights of Fancy
Chapter 16: It’s All About Sex…
Chapter 17: …Except Sex
Chapter 18: If She Comes Up, It’s Baptism
Chapter 19: Geography Matters…
Chapter 20: …So Does Season
Chapter 21: Marked for Greatness
Chapter 22: He’s Blind for a Reason, You Know
Chapter 23: It’s Never Just Heart Disease…
Chapter 24: …And Rarely Just Illness
Chapter 25: Don’t Read with Your Eyes
Chapter 26: Is He Serious? And Other Ironies

Anyway, if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. 

So my last reblogged post about sex in literature (and subsequent reblogs) reminded me of this book, the brilliant How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas C. Foster. I’ve had a copy of this on my shelf since high school, and the chapter titles alone are things that are always good for English Lit majors to keep in mind:

Chapter 1: Every Trip is a Quest (Except When It’s Not)

Chapter 2: Nice to Eat with You: Acts of Communion

Chapter 3: Nice to Eat You: Acts of Vampires

Chapter 4: If It’s Square, It’s a Sonnet

Chapter 5: Now, Where Have I Seen Her Before?

Chapter 6: When in Doubt, It’s from Shakespeare…

Chapter 7: …Or the Bible

Chapter 8: Hanseldee and Greteldum

Chapter 9: It’s Greek to Me

Chapter 10: It’s More Than Just Rain or Snow

Chapter 11: …More Than It’s Gonna Hurt You: Concerning Violence

Chapter 12: Is That a Symbol?

Chapter 13: It’s All Political

Chapter 14: Yes, She’s a Christ Figure, Too

Chapter 15: Flights of Fancy

Chapter 16: It’s All About Sex…

Chapter 17: …Except Sex

Chapter 18: If She Comes Up, It’s Baptism

Chapter 19: Geography Matters…

Chapter 20: …So Does Season

Chapter 21: Marked for Greatness

Chapter 22: He’s Blind for a Reason, You Know

Chapter 23: It’s Never Just Heart Disease…

Chapter 24: …And Rarely Just Illness

Chapter 25: Don’t Read with Your Eyes

Chapter 26: Is He Serious? And Other Ironies

Anyway, if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. 

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