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University of Chicago Press announces Spring 2024 History of the Humanities, Intro & Article by Prof Wiebke Denecke

History of Humanities, Volume 9, Number 1, Spring 2024 The Table of Contents for Volume 9, Number 1 Spring 2024 of History of Humanities has been announced! Edited by Rens Bod, Julia Kursell, Jaap Maat, Thijs Weststeijn. History of Humanities, along with the Society...

Congratulations to the Lit@MIT Class of 2024: Diego, Grace, Katherine, Kelsey, Nina, and Tamea!

Congratulations, Class of 2024! We are so proud of all that you have achieved in your time at MIT! Diego Delarue Grace McMillan Katherine Lei Kelsey Glover Nina Yihong Li Tamea Cobb

May 30th | Prof Wiebke Denecke announces launch of the new Hsu-Tang Library of Classical Chinese Literature with Oxford University Press at the Oxford Research Center for the Humanities (TORCH)

Oxford University Press is delighted to celebrate the publication of the Hsu-Tang Library of Classical Chinese Literature. Endowed by a generous gift of Hsin-Mei Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar L. Tang, The Hsu-Tang Library of Classical Chinese Literature is a pioneering...

MIT Open Learning | How MIT Professor Joshua Bennett is addressing gaps in K-12 literary arts education

By Maria Segala | May 15, 2023 Through its Education Innovation Grants, the MIT Jameel World Education Lab aspires to develop the building blocks, ideas, and connections that power global transformation in learning. Jameel World Education Lab grants support...

Congrats! Grace McMillan, Lit Major’24 awarded 2024 Fulbright fellowship

The Fulbright US Student Program funds research, study, and teaching opportunities abroad. Eleven MIT undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni have won Fulbright grants to embark on projects overseas in the 2024-25 grant cycle. Two other students were offered...

Congrats to Prof Diana Henderson for the 2024 Levitan Teaching Award!

Best of the Best! Recipients of the James A. and Ruth Levitan Teaching Award in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, are among the finest teachers at the Institute. Nominations are made by students. Warmest congratulations to Professor Diana Henderson...

Discover community and cultural connections with graduating Lit Major’24, Grace McMillan!!

A joint humanities and engineering major, senior Grace McMillan is setting her sights on a legal career focused on education policy reform. Danna Lorch | School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Publication Date: May 9, 2024 Senior Grace McMillan grew up in...

In Media Res | Prof Eugenie Brinkema curator’s notes in “Offering it up” | SPECIAL ISSUE: Montage/Composite/Exchange

Curator's Note Is there such a thing as sexy editing? We shall do this question the honor of taking it seriously. Some questions stand naked on the floor, meeting your gaze, and it is the essence of every ethics that I care about that those who take such a risk at any...

Chronicle | Prof Bruno Perreau featured in Roundtable: Gender and Its Enemies

Gender and Its Enemies Five scholars discuss Judith Butler’s new book. The Review: Roundtable By  Adrian Daub MARCH 25, 2024 The last decade or so has seen the rise of a curious crusade against “gender” — which at times seems to mean an academic field of study, at...

Weds, April 10 @ Harvard’s Mahindra Center | Bruno Perreau, “Sphères D’injustice: Pour Un Universalisme Minoritaire”

Harvard Mahindra Humanities Center's France and the World Seminar presents, Bruno Perreau "Sphères D'injustice: Pour Un Universalisme Minoritaire" Wednesday, April 10 @ 5:00PM Location: Boylston Hall, Room 335 Bruno Perreau will be presenting on his latest...



The Literature concentration takes about three approved subjects to complete! Lit concentrators often go on to minoring or majoring in Literature!

Toni Morrison was the first African American woman to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She won the Pulitzer in 1988 and Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Literature minors can choose to focus their studies on specific literary complexes as well as film, ancient & medieval studies, and more!

Frank Stella’s “Loohooloo” (1995) conference room located at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning references Herman Melville’s novel, Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Sea.