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Spring 2023 Literature Supplement IAP 2023 Fall 2022 Literature Supplement
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21L.590 The Spanish Incubator Margery Resnick

Prereq: none
3-3-3 HASS-E

Live and study in Madrid this IAP

From its role as the crucible of the international avant-garde, to its genesis of political art and writing, to its Civil War that ignited the artistic passion of authors around the world, to the exuberant liberation after 40 years of dictatorship, Spain deeply influenced our understanding of contemporary culture.  In readings that include Hemingway in Spain, Lorca in New York, Orwell in Barcelona, Neruda in Madrid, the Americans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, and the films of Saura and Almodóvar, students will come to recognize the global reach of Spanish art.  Films, readings, field trips to museums and cultural events will enable students to understand the full context in which today’s vibrant Spanish democracy emerged.

Taught in English: No language requirement

21L.591 Literary London Diana Henderson

Prereq: none
3-3-3 HASS-E

Live and study in London this IAP

This new class will explore the locations, history and artistic institutions that have made London a world cultural hub.  Through guided readings, theater performances, walking tours and visits to sites associated with major authors, students will experience the vibrancy of London’s past and present.  In addition to contextualizing works that have become classics around the globe, students will consider how contemporary writers and filmmakers have transformed English literature.  They will bring their collective mapping of literary London back home, to enrich MIT’s Literature community.

PLEASE NOTE: For IAP 2018, this subject was listed under 21L.590 Cultural Encounters: Global Literature Abroad.