Jenny Howell doesn't underestimate the value of literature or the impact it can have. "I just wrote an essay on The Things They Carried, and the last chapter starts with the words, Stories can save us,'" she says. "I guess that's my romanticized reason for why I study literature. I believe that stories can offer an escape, a vision of a better world for us, and that teaching literature can help people connect with those visions." As an aspiring English professor, Jenny is also aware of the challenging job instructors face in helping students make those connections. Fortunately, she is up to the task.
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