I’m currently teaching an intro fiction class to a group of students who are definitely not English majors. Instead, they’re studying business, computer networking, art, nursing. They are smart, analytical people but they don’t pursue literary fiction all that much.
So what am I doing with them? I’m making them extremely uncomfortable. I’m asking them to read literature. Sure, they knew this was coming when they purchased a big book of stories, poems, and plays from the campus bookstore. But that doesn’t mean they were going to like it.