Best Comparative Literature Books

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1. How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, Revised Edition

Author: by Thomas C Foster
Harper Perennial

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A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster’s classic guidea lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes and contexts, that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable.

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 eyesand the literary codes-of the ultimate professional reader, the college professor.

What does it mean when a literary hero is traveling along a dusty road? When he hands a drink to his companion? When he’s drenched in a sudden rain shower? Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices and form, Thomas C.

Foster provides us with a broad overview of literaturea world where a road leads to a quest, a shared meal may signify a communion, and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just a shower-and shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.

2. Jane Eyre: The Original 1847 Edition With Illustrations (A Classic Illustrated Novel of Charlotte Brontë)

Author: by Charlotte Brontë
383 pages

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I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. Charlotte Bront, Jane EyreThis Beautiful edition contains 15 illustrations. Jane Eyre is a novel by English writer Charlotte Bront. It was published on 16 October 1847 under the pen name “Currer Bell.” The first American edition was released the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York.

Primarily of the bildungsroman genre, Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its title character, including her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the Byronic master of fictitious Thornfield Hall. In its internalisation of the action the focus is on the gradual unfolding of Jane’s moral and spiritual sensibility and all the events are coloured by a heightened intensity that was previously the domain of poetry Jane Eyre revolutionized the art of fiction.

Charlotte Bront has been called the ‘first historian of the private consciousness’ and the literary ancestor of writers like Joyce and Proust. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel’s exploration of classism, sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.

3. The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

Author: by Harold Bloom
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
June 17, 2014

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The literary critic defends the importance of Western literature from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Kafka and Beckett in this acclaimed national bestseller. NOMINATED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDHarold Bloom’s The Western Canon is more than a required reading listit is a heroically brave, formidably learned defense of the great works of literature that comprise the traditional Western Canon.

Infused with a love of learning, compelling in its arguments for a unifying written culture, it argues brilliantly against the politicization of literature and presents a guide to the essential writers of the western literary tradition (The New York Times Book Review).

Placing William Shakespeare at the center of the canon, Bloom examines the literary contributions of Dante Alighieri, John Milton, Jane Austen, Emily Dickenson, Leo Tolstoy, Sigmund Freud, James Joyce, Pablo Neruda, and many others. Bloom’s book, much-discussed and praised in publications as diverse as The Economist and Entertainment Weekly, offers a dazzling display of erudition and passion.

4. The Awakening: The Original 1899 Edition (A Classic Novel Of kate chopin)

Author: by Kate Chopin
144 pages

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The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. Kate Chopin, The AwakeningThe Awakening, originally titled A Solitary Soul, is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South.

It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women’s issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating mixed reaction from contemporary readers and criticism. The novel’s blend of realistic narrative, incisive social commentary, and psychological complexity makes The Awakening a precursor of American modernist literature; it prefigures the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway and echoes the works of contemporaries such as Edith Wharton and Henry James.

5. How to Read Novels Like a Professor: A Jaunty Exploration of the World's Favorite Literary Form

Author: by Thomas C Foster
Harper Perennial
336 pages

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How to Read Novels Like a Professor is a lively and entertaining guide to understanding and dissecting novels, making reading more enriching and satisfying. In the follow up to his wildly popular How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C.

Foster provides students with tried-and-true techniques to use in analyzing some of the most important works in literary history. How to Read Novels Like a Professor shows readers how to consider and a novel’s historical fine points as well as major themes, literary models (the Bible, Shakespeare, Greek mythology, and fairy tales), and narrative devices like irony, plot, and symbol.”By bringing his eminent scholarship to bear in doses measured for the common reader or occasional student, Professor Foster has done us all a generous turn.

The trained eye, the tuned ear, the intellect possesed of simple cyphers brings the literary arts alive.”-Thomas Lynch, author of The Undertaking

6. Workbook for Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts

Author: by Growth Hack Books
82 pages

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This workbook book breaks down all the big ideas and pertinent facts in Get Out of Your Head so they can be easily and quickly understood. There are also Bonus puzzles and games included to make learning fun. Continue reading below to see all that you get.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an unofficial and independent Workbook for Get Out of Your Head and is meant to be read as a supplement, not a replacement. You can find the original book here: In “Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts”, Jennie Allen explains how we can each control our own thoughts so that we feel better about ourselves and the life we’re living.

By focusing on Christ, she tells us exactly how she pulled herself out of a dark spiral of thoughts and onto a happier and more productive life. Inside this book you can expect: Time saving chapter summaries (A short summary of each chapters main points)-Checklists (Specific steps you can take to reach the chapters goals)-Knowledge Retention Tests (A true or False test after each chapter to make sure you’ve retained the knowledge) -Prep Work Q & A Sections (This section allows you to document the steps you will take to reach your goals)-Fun Puzzles and Games (There are several “Fun Breaks” designed to give your brain a little break)(Please Note: This workbook was published and written by Growth Hack Books.

7. The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present

Author: by Phillip Lopate
777 pages

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For more than four hundred years, the personal essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant of all literary forms. Distinguished from the detached formal essay by its friendly, conversational tone, its loose structure, and its drive toward candor and self-disclosure, the personal essay seizes on the minutiae of daily life-vanities, fashions, foibles, oddballs, seasonal rituals, love and disappointment, the pleasures of solitude, reading, taking a walk – to offer insight into the human condition and the great social and political issues of the day.

The Art of the Personal Essay is the first anthology to celebrate this fertile genre. By presenting more than seventy-five personal essays, including influential forerunners from ancient Greece, Rome, and the Far East, masterpieces from the dawn of the personal essay in the sixteenth century, and a wealth of the finest personal essays from the last four centuries, editor Phillip Lopate, himself an acclaimed essayist, displays the tradition of the personal essay in all its historical grandeur, depth, and diversity.

8. Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind

Author: by Alan Jacobs
192 pages

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From the author of HOW TO THINK and THE PLEASURES OF READING IN AN AGE OF DISTRACTION, a literary guide to engaging with the voices of the past to stay sane in the presentW.H. Auden once wrote that “art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead.” In his brilliant and compulsively readable new treatise, Breaking Bread with the Dead, Alan Jacobs shows us that engaging with the strange and wonderful writings of the past might help us live less anxiously in the present-and increase what Thomas Pynchon once called our “personal density.”Today we are battling too much information in a society changing at lightning speed, with algorithms aimed at shaping our every thought-plus a sense that history offers no resources, only impediments to overcome or ignore.

The modern solution to our problems is to surround ourselves only with what we know and what brings us instant comfort. Jacobs’s answer is the opposite: to be in conversation with, and challenged by, those from the past who can tell us what we never thought we needed to know.

9. The Bright Book of Life: Novels to Read and Reread

Author: by Harold Bloom
544 pages

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In his first book devoted exclusively to narrative fiction, America’s most original and controversial literary critic and legendary Yale professor writes trenchantly about fifty-two masterworks spanning the Western tradition. Perhaps no other literary critic but Harold Bloom could-or would-undertake a project of this immensity.

And certainly no other critic could bring to it the extraordinary knowledge, understanding, and insight that are the hallmark of Bloom’s every book. Ranging across centuries and continents, this final book of his career, gives us the inimitable critic on Don Quixote and Book of Numbers; Wuthering Heights and Absalom, Absalom; Les Miserables and Blood Meridian; Vanity Fair and Invisible Man; The Captain’s Daughter and The Reef.

He writes about works by Austen, Balzac, Dickens, Tolstoy, James, Conrad, Lawrence, Wolff, Le Guin, Sebald, and many more. Whether you have already read these books, or intend to, or simply care about the importance and power of fiction, Harold Bloom serves as an unparalleled guide through the pages of these 52 masterpieces of the genre.

10. Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles: The Power of the Reader’s Mind over a Universe of Death

Author: by Harold Bloom
672 pages

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The great poems, plays, novels, stories teach us how to go on living…. Your own mistakes, accidents, failures at otherness beat you down. Rise up at dawn and read something that matters as soon as you can. So Harold Bloom, the most famous literary critic of his generation, exhorts readers of his last book: one that praises the sustaining power of poetry.”Passionate….

Perhaps Bloom’s most personal work, this is a fitting last testament to one of America’s leading twentieth-century literary minds.”Publishers WeeklyAn extraordinary testimony to a long life spent in the company of poetry and an affecting last declaration of [Bloom’s] passionate and deeply unfashionable faith in the capacity of the imagination to make the world feel habitableSeamus Perry, Literary Review”Reading, this stirring collection testifies, helps in staying alive.’Kirkus Reviews, starred review This dazzling celebration of the power of poetry to sublimate deathcompleted weeks before Harold Bloom diedshows how literature renews life amid what Milton called a universe of death.

11. Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature – New and Expanded Edition (Princeton Classics, 78)

Author: by Erich Auerbach
Princeton University Press
616 pages

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More than half a century after its translation into English, Erich Auerbach’s Mimesis remains a masterpiece of literary criticism. A brilliant display of erudition, wit, and wisdom, his exploration of how great European writers from Homer to Virginia Woolf depicted reality has taught generations how to read Western literature.

This new expanded edition includes a substantial essay in introduction by Edward Said as well as an essay, never before translated into English, in which Auerbach responds to his critics. A German Jew, Auerbach was forced out of his professorship at the University of Marburg in 1935.

He left for Turkey, where he taught at the state university in Istanbul. There he wrote Mimesis, publishing it in German after the end of the war. Displaced as he was, Auerbach produced a work of great erudition that contains no footnotes, basing his arguments instead on searching, illuminating readings of key passages from his primary texts.

His aim was to show how from antiquity to the twentieth century literature progressed toward ever more naturalistic and democratic forms of representation. This essentially optimistic view of European history now appears as a defensive-and impassioned-response to the inhumanity he saw in the Third Reich.

12. The Book Club Journal: All the Books You've Read, Loved, & Discussed

Author: by Adams Media
256 pages

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Keep track of your book club selections and record your latest literary adventures with this reading journal to stay organized for your next meeting! Book clubs are a great way to read new books and discover different genres and new topics that you may not be too familiar with.

You can share your thoughts in a social setting and enjoy interesting conversations that might open your eyes to other opinions about the book. But all too often we forget the best details once the book is finished and put back on the shelf.

With The Book Club Journal, you can collect and remember all your important thoughts and feelings so that you can reflect on them for future meetings or rereadings. Made specifically for book club members, this journal has prompts for all the basic book stats, such as the title, author, and who suggested the book, along with book club specific questions like How does this book compare with the titles we have read previously?

This fun and useful journal also includes reference pages with lists of classic book club must-reads, and room for you to create your very own to-read list.

13. Workbook Companion for Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

Author: by BJ Richards
97 pages

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Do you feel like you’ll never get past this? Or you should be further along by now but don’t know where to start? Because if you do, you need to keep reading. If you’re looking for real help and encouragement to get you out of your rut, then you’ll want this workbook by your side as you go through Ms. Hollis’ original work.

This is the perfect companion workbook to: Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing The Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be by Rachel Hollis. Are you a complete newbie?Great! You’ll find this workbook fun and simple to do.

With this workbook by your side, you’ll be able to personalize the lessons taught by Rachel Hollis, giving you the immediate help you’re looking for. Studies have shown that writing something out helps to imprint it more in our brain and release pent-up emotions and limitations.

And that’s what you’re trying to do, right? Let’s break it down. Here you’re going to get: Each chapter distilled down to a summary in simple & meaningful terms. Space to write down answers that relate directly to the lessons in each chapter.

14. Lectures on Dostoevsky

Author: by Joseph Frank
248 pages

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From the author of the definitive biography of Fyodor Dostoevsky, never-before-published lectures that provide an accessible introduction to the Russian writer’s major worksJoseph Frank (19182013) was perhaps the most important Dostoevsky biographer, scholar, and critic of his time. His never-before-published Stanford lectures on the Russian novelist’s major works provide an unparalleled and accessible introduction to some of literature’s greatest masterpieces.

Presented here for the first time, these illuminating lectures begin with an introduction to Dostoevsky’s life and literary influences and go on to explore the breadth of his careerfrom Poor Folk, The Double, and The House of the Dead to Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov.

Written in a conversational style that combines literary analysis and cultural history, Lectures on Dostoevsky places the novels and their key characters and scenes in a rich context. Bringing Joseph Frank’s unmatched knowledge and understanding of Dostoevsky’s life and writings to a new generation of readers, this remarkable book will appeal to anyone seeking to understand Dostoevsky and his times.