Fiction can be used as a pedagogical tool in order to facilitate a wide range of learning objectives. Critical thinking, consciousnessraising, forging micro-macro connections, and problem solving are widely desired learning outcomes in higher education, all of which can be fostered through the use of fi ction as a pedagogical tool. Learning is an interactive process, and fi ction can be a wonderful vehicle for engaging students in the issues we think are important. Fiction can also be used to help teach substantive course content across the disciplines. Before getting into specifi c examples of how fi ction can be used across the college curriculum, it is important to situate this discussion within the scholarship on teaching and learning as well as the emerging literature on the relationship between literary reading and cognition.