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How to read literature like a professor

Oct 9, 2021
In “good” literature, everything is a symbol (vampires represent selfishness, exploitation temptation) and symbols are combined in patterns. Reading literature like a professor means building a large enough collection of symbols and patterns so that when you read a book you identify the symbols and patterns used. I find Mortimer Adler’s approach in How to read a book more valuable (What is this book about? What is being said and how?