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.
Fall 2023 Subjects
In new French class with Prof Bruno Perreau, MIT students serve as jury members of US Goncourt Prize
Wyn Kelley, Senior Lecturer of Literature and founding member of the Melville Society Cultural Project, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant
Prof Mary Fuller’s newest book released this July 2023, “Lines Drawn Across the Globe: Reading Richard Hakluyt’s ‘Principal Navigations'”
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!
Emily Dickinson was also known for her botany, herbarium, and garden. Only ten of her poems were published during her lifetime and often submitted anonymously.