Reading literature has a lasting impact on people’s lives. At times more powerful than science or the rhetoric of public debate, it can change how you think and who you can be. Narratives shape the ways we understand and imagine the world. In teaching them we enable recognition of cultural legacies, the ability to question and interpret the syntax of a culture, and how to craft creative visions of the possible. The work you do here will alter how you see yourself, open new worlds, and profoundly imprint any path you pursue.