Four weeks into my first semester spent primarily studying literature, I have figured out THE secret to being a good literature student.
Lots of students seem to have trouble figuring out just how to do well in class. The professor asks questions, and they reply with blank stares. The professor says to have a discussion, and they mumble something about "this work is a critique of, uh . . . patriarchy . . . and an expression of . . . modernism?"
No, good friends, stare and mumble no more.
The secret to doing well in a literature class is this:
READ THE STINKIN' HOMEWORK. ALL OF IT.