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How to Read Literature Like a Professor . Introduction: How’d He Do That?. Stories and novels have a very large set of conventions. 1. Types of characters 2. Plot rhythms 3. Chapter structures 4. Point-of –View limitations Poems employ 1. form 2. structure 3. rhythm

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How to read literature like a professor

How to Read Literature Like a Professor

Introduction: How’d He Do That?


How to read literature like a professor

  • Stories and novels have a very large set of conventions.

    1. Types of characters

    2. Plot rhythms

    3. Chapter structures

    4. Point-of –View limitations

  • Poems employ

    1. form

    2. structure

    3. rhythm

    4. rhyme

    Recognizing these conventions requires PRACTICE.


How to read literature like a professor

  • Readers respond first on an emotional level.

  • English scholars accept the affective response level of the story, but focus attention on other elements. Where did the effect come from? Whom does this character resemble? Where have I seen this situation before?


Memory symbol pattern

Memory, Symbol, Pattern

  • While reading, professors look for correspondences and corollaries.

  • Professors also read, and think symbolically. Everything is a symbol of something, it seems, until proven otherwise. Is this a metaphor? Is that an analogy?

  • Pattern recognition: Requires the ability to distance one’s self from the story, to look beyond the purely affective level of plot, drama and characters and recognize patterns within the literature.


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