This course aims to introduce students to literary studies and ask questions such as: What is literature? Why and how do we read it? How do we tell a story? What is literature’s relationship with our everyday life and how can it change it? What is literature’s relationship with the other arts and media? What is the relationship between literature and society, gender, ideology, identity, history, and technology? Through a variety of sources, the course will approach concepts such as “text,” “context,” or “hypertext” via the wider frame of narrative practice and critical reading. It also aims at creating the basis for a more specialized/targeted and interdisciplinary analysis of literary production supplementing and complementing in this way the first-year workshops on poetry, drama and fiction.