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.
Spring 2024 Subjects
Hello! Things have been busy here in Lit, but Poetechnics is back for a brief run before the end of the year. In this episode, Michael speaks with Literature Professor and Chair of Faculty Mary Fuller about her new book, Lines Drawn Across the Globe: Reading Richard Hakluyt’s “Principal Navigations”.
Poetechnics is a podcast from the Literature Section at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology about the intersections of poetic and technical knowledge. The theme song is Anachronist by Kevin MacLeod, used under a Creative Commons License. Episodes are produced by Dr. Michael Lutz. This project is generously supported in part by MIT’s d’Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education.
Film Criticism features, Eugenie Brinkema “Not Done Being Over: Death and the Trouble with Understatement”
MIT News | Comparative Global Humanities Initiative: Forging climate connections across the Institute
Oct 11th | Sandy Alexandre on, “Curating A Black Freedom Starter Pack” at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
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POSTPONED to Spring 2024 | Black Women Under Fire: Abolition, Black Liberation, And Feminism In Brazil
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.