Contemporary Literature | Cultural History | Film and Media Studies | Literary History | Literature and Anthropology | Literature and the Visual Arts | Modernism | Popular Culture | Twentieth-Century American Literature | Twentieth-Century British Literature
His course on American television was one of the first in the country to examine the medium in a humanistic context. Prof. Thorburn was the founder and for twelve years the Director of the Film and Media Studies Program and is a former Director of the Cultural Studies Project.
He is currently the director of the MIT Communications Forum which sponsors along with the Program in Comparative Media Studies a series of lectures, forums and Web-based activities comparing our current experience of changing media with earlier periods of cultural and technological transformation. In 2002, Prof. Thorburn was named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow in recognition of his contributions to undergraduate education.
Read the Community Profile of David Thorburn on the website of the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences (SHASS).
David Thorburn, a founder of Pleasures of Poetry, has taught Literature at MIT since 1976. His first book of poems, Knots, was published in 2020.
Subjects taught in recent years:
21L.003 Reading Fiction (Fall 2019)
21L.011 Introduction to Film Studies (Spring 2019)
21L.433 Film Styles and Genres: Hollywood Renaissance - American Film in the 1970's (Fall 2019)
21L.433 Film Styles and Genres: Hollywood Renaissance - American Film in the 1970s (Fall 2018)
21L.485 Modern Fiction: Twentieth Century Fiction: Modernist Masters (Spring 2020)