We read literature for a variety of reasons. Literary texts provide reflections on cultural values and concerns, windows into the past, chances to escape or to confront the troubles of our world, narratives through which we can analyze human actions and motivations, opportunities to meditate on humanity and the world we inhabit, and models for better writing. Short stories, novels, plays, poems, and essays also invite us to exercise our imaginations and our capacity to feel and to empathize. By studying such texts, we deepen our ability to understand and to experience life on a range of intellectual, emotional, and aesthetic levels. Courses in this category will introduce students to the genres of poetry, fiction, and drama with emphasis on improving students’ interpretative skills and capacities for critical self-reflection.