David Thorburn

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David Thorburn
Professor;
MacVicar Faculty Fellow;
Director, MIT Communications Forum

14N-335
thorburn@mit.edu
617-253-6950

David Thorburn received his A.B. degree from Princeton, his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford and taught in the English Department at Yale for ten years before joining the MIT Literature faculty in 1976. He is the author of Conrad’s Romanticism and many essays and reviews on literary, cultural and media topics. He has edited collections of essays on romanticism and on John Updike as well as a widely used anthology of fiction, Initiation.

His course on American television was one of the first in the country to examine the medium in a humanistic context. Prof. Thorburn was the founder and for twelve years the Director of the Film and Media Studies Program and is a former Director of the Cultural Studies Project.

He is currently the director of the MIT Communications Forum which sponsors along with the Program in Comparative Media Studies a series of lectures, forums and Web-based activities comparing our current experience of changing media with earlier periods of cultural and technological transformation. In 2002, Prof. Thorburn was named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow in recognition of his contributions to undergraduate education.

Read the Community Profile of David Thorburn on the website of the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences (SHASS).

Subjects taught the current academic year:

21L.012 Forms of Western Narrative: Storytelling from Epic Poem to Graphic Novel (Fall 2014)

21L.485 Modern Fiction: Twentieth Century Fiction: Modernist Masters (Fall 2014)

 

Subjects taught in recent years:

21L.011 The Film Experience (Fall 2013)

21L.012 Forms of Western Narrative: Storytelling from Epic Poem to Graphic Novel (Fall 2014)

21L.315 Prizewinners: Politics and Private Life in Contemporary Fiction (Fall 2013)

21L.340 Pleasures of Poetry (IAP 2014)

21L.485 Modern Fiction: Twentieth Century Fiction: Modernist Masters (Fall 2014)

David Thorburn
Buster Keaton: comedy and art.