Now, Where Have I Seen Her Before?

"How to Read Literature Like A Professor" Chapter 5

Presented By-

Adrian Holbrook

Lake Norman High School



-If you pay attention to what you are reading, you will see patterns, archetypes, and recurrences.

-When you read, you should connect themes, ideas, or characters to others books.

-If you read enough and give what you read enough thought, you begin to see patterns, archetypes, recurrences" (Foster 29).

Original Work of Literature

-Everything is cribbed from somwhere else

-The novel is somehow plagiarized or less than original

-Some things are from older sources.


-Definition:means based on reading a particular text and making connections to other text including media-based and digital text

-An example of intertextuality is an author’s borrowing and transformation of a prior text or to a reader’s referencing of one text in reading another.

  • -Ongoing interaction between stories.

  • -" Critics speak of this dialogue as intertextuality" (Foster).
  • Reader's Relating

    -After readers relate things to another book they must reconsider, characters, situations, and events in the novel.

    -Once that happens our reading changes from reading what's on the page to actually relating to it.

    - "Readers must reconsider characters situations, even in the novel" (Foster 31).


    Past Memories

    Mind Flashes

    Childhood Experiences

    Past Readings



    Everything lurks in the recesses of the mind

    Theres Only One Story

    Stories grow out of other stories

    poems out of poems

    Poems can learn from plays, songs from novels

    "Writers use prior texts quite consciously and purposefully" (Foster).

    Connections to Other Text

    -Paradise Lost by Milton to The Bible's Old Testament

    -Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Milton's Paradise Lost

    -Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder: Through Sophie’s travels she meets characters from other works of literature, such as Alice in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh, and other recognizable characters

    Twilight New Moon


    The Twilight series: New Moon is largely based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet's love triangle.

    -Romeo (Edward) and Juliet (Bella)

    -They Fall in love but there are family feuds

    -(Edward being a vampire which is threatening to Bella's safety) keeps them apart, but Paris, Capulet's marriage choice, is thrust upon Juliet which ultimately leads to fake suicide then death

    - Jacob, who is a family friend, is like Paris. Later, in the book Bella's friendship with Jacob leads to Edward's belief that Bella is dead

    and causes Edward to try to commit suicide.

    -The difference between Romeo and Juliet & New Moon is that Bella is able to save Edward before it is too late; whereas, Juliet woke up too late.

    Work Cited

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    Foster, Thomas C. How to Read Literature Like a Professor. Quill. 05 Nov 2013. Print.

    "Twilight Trilogy Screening at the LA Fantasy Film Festival | Team-Twilight."TeamTwilight RSS. N.p., 13 May 2012. 06 Nov. 2013. Web.

    "Twilight." IMDb., 03 Oct. 2008. 06 Nov. 2013. Web.

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    Peter, Sanchez. "Twilight New Moon". Amstar Photos. 29 Jan 2009. 05 Nov 2013. Web.