We might think of literary works as sites of potential energy, capable of connecting with different communities and addressing different issues, if taught strategically. Click on a title to see teaching and discussion ideas.

Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

Ted Chiang, “Story of Your Life

Charles Dickens, Hard Times

Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World

George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss

Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South

Ursula Le Guin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

H. G. Wells, The Time Machine

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