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Mobile Reading Marathon 2017

Mobile Reading Marathon: Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own
Marah Gubar, Associate Professor of Literature

mobile-reading-marathon“I can’t bear lecturing,” wrote Virginia Woolf, as she struggled to produce the text of what would eventually become A Room of One’s Own (1929), “it takes ages, and I do it vilely.”  Written to be read amidst the domes and towers of a prestigious university by a river, Woolf’s luminous meditation on how creative minds work (and what impedes their full flourishing) explores what it means that minds inhabit bodies, and bodies inhabit particular spaces and times.

Hoping to bring some extra warmth to the icy days of IAP, the Literature Section invites you to bask in the “the rich yellow flame of rational intercourse”: to join us as we read aloud Woolf’s brilliant, self-questioning, unconventional essay in its entirety, in different locations around the MIT campus linked to the ones that Woolf describes in Room.

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” Come from start to finish, or just drop by for a little while; all are welcome. Books, good fellowship, and refreshment provided. After all, “one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

Tweet as you participate: #ROOMatMIT

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

When:  Tue. Jan 31, 2017 ; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: View full list of times & locations here

Sponsor(s): Literature Section
Contact: Chloe J. Jones (617) 258-5629 cjjones@mit.edu

Senior Cara Lai cites MIT Literature studies as key to her preparation for medical practice.

MIT News features Literature major Cara Lai. “The body is in many ways a machine; it experiences wear and tear, has complex systems coupled together in specific interactions, and occasionally needs parts replaced,” says Lai. “But, in very obvious ways humans are not machines, and that’s where the humanities come in. The study of literature is about the experience of being human, and that’s inseparable from the practice of medicine.”

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Congratulations to our graduating seniors

Professors Mary Fuller, Arthur Bahr, Diana Henderson, and Wyn Kelley, and Undergraduate Academic Administrator Daria Johnson celebrated with graduating Literature Majors at the Senior Dinner on May 18, 2016.

Literature faculty and graduating seniors at the Senior Dinner on May 18, 2016. L-R: Anna Walsh ’16, Margery Resnick, Cara Lai ’16, Mary Fuller, Arthur Bahr, Diana Henderson, Daria Johnson, Cathleen Nalezyty ’16, Elizabeth Berg ’16, Wyn Kelley, and Joshua Hernandez ’16.

Joshua Hernandez, Wyn Kelley, Elizabeth Berg, Diana Henderson, and Mary Fuller

Wyn Kelley, Anna Walsh, Kathleen Nalezyty, and Daria Johnson

Wyn Kelley, Anna Walsh, Kathleen Nalezyty, and Daria Johnson

2016 Literature Prize Winner Anna Walsh

Literature Section Head, Mary Fuller, and Prize Winner, Anna Walsh

Literature Section Head, Mary Fuller, and Prize Winner, Anna Walsh

Congratulations Anna Walsh on winning the Peter S. Donaldson Prize for Excellence in Literary Studies—Awarded to a literature major each spring who excels academically and is an engaging participant in the literary community at MIT. Anna was awarded the prize on May 9, 2016 at the Literature Tea.

She’s the Man: A Drag Queen Performance by Miss Shuga Cain on May 10, 2016

She’s the Man: A Drag Queen Performance by Miss Shuga Cain
Sponsored by The de Florez Fund for Humor

Comedy_Miss Shug Poster

“She’s a little wisp of love!” as one drag queen put it. Hailing from New York City, and winner of NYC’s Ultimate Drag Off, Miss Shuga Cain arrives at MIT in all her extravagant glory. Live-singing, a fabulous showgirl, and laugh-out-loud funny, she’s just a little Latin boy in drag tryna make it in this world!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 6:00PM
Kresge Little Theatre
FREE – and open to MIT students, faculty, and staff

*Donations still welcome for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which Miss Shuga Cain represented at the 2016 Boston Marathon!