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In addition to its regular faculty, the Literature section also includes a changing cast of lecturers who may teach one or two subjects in a given term. If you do not find the instructor you are looking for on the following list, please consult the Literature office (lit@mit.edu) for contact information. For more information on the classes taught by individual faculty members, please go to their webpage and click on the appropriate class links.

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Head, Literature Faculty
Mary Fuller Mary Fuller

Professor Mary Fuller

Email: mcfuller@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/mfuller.php

Research Interests: Renaissance English literature; Milton; colonial North American literature and culture; travel writing and cultural encounter; history of the book

Classes Taught: Foundations of Western Culture, Renaissance to Modernity; Reading Poetry; World Literatures; Shakespeare; Medieval Literature; Renaissance Literature; Studies in Drama; Studies in Poetry; Major Authors; Problems in Cultural Interpretation; Literature and Technology

Sandy Alexandre Sandy Alexandre

Associate Professor (Tenured) Sandy Alexandre

Email: alexandy@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/salexandre.php

Research Interests: African-American literature and culture, visual studies, women's & gender studies, performance studies, and material culture studies.

Classes Taught: Reading Fiction; Introduction to American Literature; The American Novel; Race & Identity in American Literature

Arthur Bahr Arthur Bahr

Associate Professor Arthur Bahr

Email: awbahr@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/abahr.php

Research Interests: Old and Middle English literature; the literary and physical structure of medieval compilations; medieval London's literary, political, and legal culture; chivalric performance and spectacle.

Classes Taught: Foundations of Western Culture; Introduction to Drama; Classical Literature; Medieval Literature

Eugnie Brinkema Eugnie Brinkema

Assistant Professor Eugnie Brinkema

Email: brinkema@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/ebrinkema.php

Research Interests: Film Theory; Violence and Representation; Embodiment and Affect; Critical Theory; Psychoanalysis and Continental Philosophy; Gender and Sexuality Studies

Classes Taught: Forms of Western Narrative, Prizewinners: High-Art Horror

James Buzard James Buzard

Professor James Buzard

Email: jmbuzard@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/jbuzard.php

Research Interests: Nineteenth-century British literature and culture; modernism; cultural criticism and theory; literature and ethnography; travel literature

Classes Taught: Foundations of Western Culture: Homer to Dante; Introduction to Fiction; Forms of Western Narrative; Major English Novels; Romantic Poetry; Victorian Literature and Culture; Studies in Fiction; Major Authors

Kate DelaneyKate Delaney

Lecturer Kate Delaney

Email: kdelaney@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/kdelaney.php

Research Interests:Postmodernism, Science Fiction, Transnational American Studies, Literature and Culture in the Post-Cold-War era

Classes Taught: Reading Fiction, Cyberpunk

Peter DonaldsonPeter Donaldson

Ford Foundation Professor in the Humanities Peter Donaldson

Email: psdlit@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/pdonaldson.php

Research Interests: Shakespeare; Shakespeare on film; Renaissance literature; Machiavelli; educational technology and digital archives

Classes Taught: Foundations of Western Culture I; Foundations of Western Culture II; Shakespeare; Literature and Film; The Bible; Renaissance Literature; Studies in Film; Literature and Technology

William Donaldson William Donaldson

Visiting Lecturer William Donaldson

Email: wdonald@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/wdonaldson.php

Research Interests: Eighteenth and nineteenth century Scottish literature and popular culture; Scottish traditional music especially that of the Highland bagpipe.

Classes Taught: World Literatures, Literature and Film: The Vampire in Fiction and Film

Howard Eiland Howard Eiland

Lecturer Howard Eiland

Email: eiland@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/heiland.php

Research Interests: Twentieth-century literature and philosophy, critical theory, film, jazz

Classes Taught: Reading Fiction; Comedy; Shakespeare; Foundations of Western Culture; Major European Novels; Reading Poetry; The Film Experience; Literature and Film

Anne FlecheAnne Fleche

Lecturer Anne Fleche

Email: ashleyfleche@rcn.com

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/afleche.php

Research Interests:

Classes Taught: Film Styles and Genres: Comedy and Crime - Woody Allen & Steve Soderberg; Introduction to Drama

Stephanie FramptonStephanie Frampton

Assistant Professor Stephanie Frampton

Email: sframpton@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/sframpton.php

Research Interests: Latin literature; Roman literary and cultural history; Latin and Greek epigraphy and paleography; Material culture of Greco-Roman literacy and reading; History of the book; Comparative approaches to classical literature

Classes Taught: Foundations of Western Culture: Homer to Dante; Classical Literature: Greek and Roman Mythology; Forms of Western Narrative; Latin Readings

Diana Henderson Diana Henderson

Professor Diana Henderson

Email: dianah@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/dhenderson.php

Research Interests: Shakespeare; Renaissance Literature; Drama; Women's Literature; Media Studies

Classes Taught: Major Media Texts; Literary Interpretation; Studies in Drama; Literary Studies; Popular Narrative; Literature and Film; Modern Drama; Introduction to Drama; Shakespeare; Learning from the Past

Noel Jackson Noel Jackson

Associate Professor (Tenured)Noel Jackson

Email: njackson@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/njackson.php

Research Interests: British literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; poetry and poetics; aesthetics; historiography; critical theory; science and literature

Classes Taught: Reading Fiction; Reading Poetry; The Art of the Probable; Eighteenth-Century Literature; Major English Novels; Romantic Poetry; Literary Interpretation; Studies in Poetry; Studies in Cultural Interpretation

Wyn Kelley Wyn Kelley

Senior Lecturer Wyn Kelley

Email: wkelley@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/wkelley.php

Research Interests: Nineteenth-century American literature; Herman Melville; nineteenth- and twentieth-century women's fiction, popular culture, and media studies; teaching and technology

Classes Taught: Writing About Literature; Reading Fiction; American Literature; Comedy; Popular Narrative; American Novel; American Authors (American Women Writers); Major Authors: Melville and Morrison, After the Masterpiece, Stowe and Twain; Problems in Cultural Interpretation: Literature of Slavery, Melodrama

Alvin Kibel Alvin Kibel

Professor Alvin Kibel

Email: akibel@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/akibel.php

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

Classes Taught: Foundations of Literature; The Art of the Probable; Tragedy; Literature and Film; Darwin and Design; The End of Nature; Literature and Ethics; The European Novel

Ina Lipkowitz Ina Lipkowitz

Lecturer Ina Lipkowitz

Email: iel@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/ilipkowitz.php

Research Interests: Hebrew Bible; New Testament; Biblical interpretation and criticism; English novels; Romantic poetry; Culinary history

Classes Taught: The Bible; Reading Fiction; Major English Novels; Comedy; Reading Poetry; Writing about Literature; Foundations of Western Culture

Julia PankoJulia Panko

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Julia Panko

Email: panko@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/jpanko.php

Research Interests: Twentieth-century British and Anglophone literature; media theory; modernism; information culture; the novel; the history and future of the book

Classes Taught:

Ruth Perry Ruth Perry

Ann Friedlaender Professor in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Ruth Perry

Email: rperry@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/rperry.php

Research Interests: Eighteenth-Century Studies; Feminist literary and social history; the English novel; history of the family; British and American ballads and folk music; orality and literacy

Classes Taught:

Foundations of Western Culture; Introduction to Fiction; Folk Music of North America and the British Isles; Eighteenth Century Literature; Major English Novels; Jane Austen; Narratives of Kinship in Industrializing Societies (Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies - Radcliffe); Women, Representation, and Music in Selected Folk Traditions of North America and the British Isles (Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies - MIT); Ballads and Broadsides in Eighteenth-Century Culture (post-doc seminar at Folger Library, Washington, D.C.)

Ruth Perry John Picker

Visiting LecturerJohn Picker

Email: jpicker@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/jpicker.php

Research Interests:Victorian literature, transatlantic studies, auditory culture, and media history.

Classes Taught:

Small Wonders, Major Authors: Charles Dickens, Media in Cultural Context: Sound Studies: Literature, History, Media

Shankar Raman Shankar Raman

Professor Shankar Raman

Email: sram@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/sraman.php

Research Interests: Renaissance and late-Medieval literature and culture; colonialism and post-colonialism; history of ideas; history of science; literary theory

Classes Taught: World Literatures; Shakespeare; The Art of the Probable: Literature and Probability; Introduction to Literary Theory; Medieval Literature; Renaissance Literature; Studies in Drama; Studies in Poetry; Problems in Cultural Interpretation

Margery Resnick Stephen Tapscott

Associate Professor (Tenured) Margery Resnick

Email: resnick@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/mresnickphp

Research Interests: Hispanic literature and film; literature and culture of post-Franco Spain; European fiction; contemporary international women’s writing and film; the cultural history of globalization; the history of women at MIT

Classes taught:
In English:
International Women’s Voices; Globalization: the Good, the Bad and the In-Between; Introduction to European and Latin American Fiction

In Spanish: The New Spain: 1977-present; Introduction to Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Film; Literature and Social Conflict in Spain: 1836-1936; Introduction to Spanish Culture

Stephen Tapscott Stephen Tapscott

Professor Stephen Tapscott

Email: tapscott@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/stapscott.php

Research Interests: Poetry and poetics; 20th-century American literature and culture; Modernism; Theory and practice of translation; 20th-century Central European and Latin American poetry; creative writing

Classes Taught: Reading Poetry; Bestsellers; Legacy of England; Comedy; Modernist Poetry; Literary Interpretation; Major Authors

David Thorburn David Thorburn

Professor David Thorburn

Email: thorburn@mit.edu

Homepage: http://lit.mit.edu/people/dthorburn.php

Research Interests: Modern cultural studies; romantic and modern literature; film, media, popular culture; American television; cultural history; American studies; curricular reform in literature and humanities; the role of teaching in higher education

Classes Taught: Writing About Literature; Reading Fiction; The Film Experience; Forms of Western Narrative; Comedy; Popular Narrative; American Television: A Cultural History; Film Styles and Genres; Literature and Film; Literary Interpretation; Problems in Cultural Interpretation; Modern Fiction; Contemporary Literature; Media in Transition [Comparative Media Studies graduate subject]

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