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Alvin Kibel
Professor  .  Office: 14N-438  .  PBX: 617-253-3580  .  Email: akibel@mit.edu

Alvin Kibel Research Interests: History of Ideas, Literary Theory, Film, Ethics and Literature, Darwin studies

Alvin Kibel has taught at Wesleyan University, the City University of New York, and at the University of Reading, England, and has served for several years as the Head of the Literature Faculty. He has been on the advisory board of Partisan Review and has served as adviser to the National Endowment of the Humanities. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including The American Scholar, Partisan Review, Daedalus, and The New Republic, among others. He initiated the study of film as a subject in the Literature curriculum and initiated and regularly teaches our courses on Literature and Ethics, The End of Nature (subject dealing with literature and environmental issues), and our first-tier courses on the Foundations of Western Culture. He is currently completing a study of fin de siecle culture, and teaches a course on business ethics at MIT's Sloan School of Management.


Classes Taught

21L.001 Foundations of Western Culture I

21L.002 Foundations of Literature

21L.004 Major Poets

21L.422 Tragedy

21L.435 Literature and Film

21L.448J Darwin and Design

21L.449 End of Nature

21L.450 Literature and Ethics

21L.472 The European Novel

21L.701 Literary Interpretation

21L.706 Studies in Film