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Thomas C. Foster is a Professor of English at the University of Michigan, Flint and the author of Twenty-five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity, How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines and How to Read Novels Like a Professor: A Jaunty Exploration of the World's Favorite Literary Form (all published by HarperCollins). Foster is a lively and entertaining guide to novels and every other genre of literature. As the ultimate professional reader - a college professor for over 25 years - he shows audiences (lay people and students) how to make their everyday reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.

In his newest book Twenty-Five Books That Shaped America, Foster applies a combination of know-how and analysis and looks at the great masterworks of American literature and how each of them has shaped our very existence as readers, students, teachers, and Americans. Starting with Ben Franklin's autobiography, he moves on to James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans, Henry David Thoreau's Walden, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, and Willa Cather's My Antonia. Chief among later selections are The Maltese Falcon, U.S.A., The Grapes of Wrath, and Song of Solomon. Foster illuminates how these works captured an American moment, how they influenced our perception of nationhood and citizenship, and what about them endures in the American character.

Foster’s academic specialty is in twentieth-century British, Irish, and American literature, although he also teaches introductions to drama and fiction, creative writing, and the classics in translation. His particular interests are the modern novel, contemporary Irish poetry – especially Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, and Paul Muldoon – modernism and postmodernism, and fine writing generally. In addition to traditional classes, he also teaches online and mixed-mode courses.

After taking his A.B. at Dartmouth College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Michigan State University, Foster taught at Michigan State and Kalamazoo College before arriving in Flint, where he has taught for over 20 years. He recently became the first Director of the English Graduate Program, having led the department’s efforts to design and establish the new offering. He has written several books on twentieth-century British and Irish literature and poetry and lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

Twenty-five Books That Shaped America

   

How to Read Literature Like a Professor

   

How to Read Novels Like a Professor

   

Symbolic Thinking

   

Twentieth-century Writers and Writing

   

Modern Irish Culture and Writing

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

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

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Thomas C. Foster Biography

Thomas C. Foster is a Professor of English at the University of Michigan, Flint and the author of Twenty-five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity, How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines and How to Read Novels Like a Professor: A Jaunty Exploration of the World's Favorite Literary Form (all published by HarperCollins). Foster is a lively and entertaining guide to novels and every other genre of literature. As the ultimate professional reader - a college professor for over 25 years - he shows audiences (lay people and students) how to make their everyday reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.

In his newest book Twenty-Five Books That Shaped America, Foster applies a combination of know-how and analysis and looks at the great masterworks of American literature and how each of them has shaped our very existence as readers, students, teachers, and Americans. Starting with Ben Franklin's autobiography, he moves on to James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans, Henry David Thoreau's Walden, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, and Willa Cather's My Antonia. Chief among later selections are The Maltese Falcon, U.S.A., The Grapes of Wrath, and Song of Solomon. Foster illuminates how these works captured an American moment, how they influenced our perception of nationhood and citizenship, and what about them endures in the American character.

Foster’s academic specialty is in twentieth-century British, Irish, and American literature, although he also teaches introductions to drama and fiction, creative writing, and the classics in translation. His particular interests are the modern novel, contemporary Irish poetry – especially Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, and Paul Muldoon – modernism and postmodernism, and fine writing generally. In addition to traditional classes, he also teaches online and mixed-mode courses.

After taking his A.B. at Dartmouth College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Michigan State University, Foster taught at Michigan State and Kalamazoo College before arriving in Flint, where he has taught for over 20 years. He recently became the first Director of the English Graduate Program, having led the department’s efforts to design and establish the new offering. He has written several books on twentieth-century British and Irish literature and poetry and lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

Twenty-five Books That Shaped America

   

How to Read Literature Like a Professor

   

How to Read Novels Like a Professor

   

Symbolic Thinking

   

Twentieth-century Writers and Writing

   

Modern Irish Culture and Writing

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    Booking fees for Thomas C. Foster, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Thomas C. Foster, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Thomas C. Foster?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Thomas C. Foster for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Thomas C. Foster for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Thomas C. Foster or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Thomas C. Foster or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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