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With a faculty composed of renowned scholars and dedicated teachers, the MIT Literature section offers a wide range of courses across time periods, international cultures, and languages. Literature courses at MIT examine how novels, poems, plays, films, visual art, and other media make imaginative and critical sense of history and the present.


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March 1st! IGCS Spring 2024 Colloquium Series presents, Jessica Ruffin “Swimming in Ressentiment”

Friday, March 1, 2024 at 2:30pm to 4:30pm Klarman Hall, 155 232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853 The next Institute for German Cultural Studies' Colloquium in the Spring 2024 series will be given by Jessica Ruffin this upcoming Friday. All participants are encouraged to...

March 18th @ 6pm | Kimberly Juanita Brown: Mortevivum, with a moderated Q+A by Prof Sandy Alexandre & Hector Membreno-Canales

MIT Press Event: https://act.mit.edu/event/kimberly-juanita-brown-mortevivum/ A powerful examination of the unsettling history of photography and its fraught relationship to global antiblackness. Part of the Spring 2024 Lecture Series. In collaboration with MIT Press....

Congrats to the thirty-five outstanding MIT students selected as Burchard Scholars for 2024!

MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) has announced that 35 MIT undergraduate sophomores and juniors have been named Burchard Scholars for 2024. Elected by the Burchard Committee from a large pool of impressive applicants, all students chosen...

Congratulations to Ben Mangrum whose promotion to Associate Professor (AWOT)!!

Congratulations to Ben Mangrum whose promotion to Associate Professor (AWOT) has been approved effective July 1st, 2024!

MIT Open Learning: Measuring the impact of humanities on STEM-focused education with Prof Wiebke Denecke

MIT Integrated Learning Initiative grantees research how STEM and humanities complement each other. Wiebke Denecke (魏樸和) is professor of East Asian Literatures. She was trained in sinology, Japanology, Korean studies, philosophy, and medicine in her native Germany, in...

Concordia University, Department of English presents, Prof Eugenie Brinkema “Drabness and Ethics | Formalism and Violence”

Please join us for two events with Eugenie Brinkema, Professor of Contemporary Literature and Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On Monday January 22, from 4:00-6:00pm, Professor Brinkema will present a public lecture in LB 646, Sponsored by the...

Sandberg Instituut Critical Studies Programme presents, Prof Eugenie Brinkema “Drabness and Ethics”

Drabness and Ethics Friday, January 12th @ 2–4pm Eugenie Brinkema is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and currently a fellow at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. Her research in film and media...

Economist Podcast with Prof Gubar: Penguins & Prejudice

This is the story of one of the most challenged books in America, the children’s book ‘And Tango Makes Three’. A tale of parenting and devotion, and a fable of progress and the backlash it can provoke.  Read about the long march of the penguins in our Christmas issue....

Economist | Prof Marah Gubar discusses a tale of penguins and prejudice is a parable of modern America

Once upon a time in America there lived a pair of penguins called Roy and Silo. They were just like the other penguin couples in their zoo, except that they were both boys. Together they sat on an egg until a chick popped out. Later two men wrote a story about...

Prof Mary Fuller featured in New York Times article, “So Far, No Major Fallout for M.I.T. President After Contentious Testimony”

While governing boards at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania weighed their presidents’ fates in tense closed-door meetings this month, the board at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology swiftly issued a statement of unequivocal support for its president,...



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.