Works incorporated in the analysis include A Gentle Creature, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Devils and The Brothers Karamazov.
Dr Katalin Gaal was born in Budapest, Hungary and moved to Australia at the age of 12. From a young age she has had a love of reading and books.
She completed her Honours thesis on Henry Lawson entitled The loneliness of the bush: an aesthetic textual study of selected short stories by Henry Lawson in 1997 . She went on to complete her PhD in 2013 at the University of Queensland focusing on an exploration of Dostoevsky's post-Siberian fiction and the role of iconic beauty in selected works. She is also an accredited professional translator between Hungarian and English.
While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in these texts. How to Read Literature Like a Professor helps us to discover those hidden truths by looking at literature with the eyes—and the literary codes—of the ultimate professional reader: the college professor.
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This revised edition includes new chapters, a new preface, and a new epilogue, and incorporates updated teaching points that Foster has developed over the past decade.
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