21F.044 Traditional Chinese Literature: Poetry, Fiction, and Drama (MIT)
This course is an introduction to some of the major genres of traditional Chinese poetry, fiction, and drama. Intended to give students a basic understanding of the central features of traditional Chinese literary genres, as well as to introduce students to the classic works of the Chinese literary tradition. Works read include Journey to the West, Outlaws of the Marsh, Dream of the Red Chamber, and the poetry of the major Tang dynasty poets. Literature read in translation. Taught in English.
21F.043J Introduction to Asian American Studies: Literature, Culture, and Historical Experience (MIT
An interdisciplinary subject that draws on literature, history, anthropology, film, and cultural studies to examine the experiences of Asian Americans in U.S. society. Covers the first wave of Asian immigration in the 19th century, the rise of anti-Asian movements, the experiences of Asian Americans during WWII, the emergence of the Asian American movement in the 1960s, and the new wave of "post-1965" Asian immigration. Examines the role these historical experiences played in the formation of As
21L.488 Contemporary Literature: British Novels Now (MIT)
What is Britain now? Its metropolises are increasingly multicultural. Its hold over its distant colonies is a thing of the past. Its sway within the global political arena is weak. Its command over Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland is broken or threatened. What have novelists made of all this? What are they writing as the old empire fades away and as new social and political formations emerge? These are the questions that will concern us in this course.
21L.504J Race and Identity in American Literature: Keepin' it Real Fake (MIT)
This course explores the ways in which various American artists view race and class as performed or performable identities. Discussions will focus on some of the following questions: What does it mean to act black, white, privileged, or underprivileged? What do these artists suggest are the implications of performing (indeed playing at or with) racial identity, ethnicity, gender, and class status? How and why are race and class status often conflated in these performances?
21L.488 Contemporary Literature: Literature, Development, and Human Rights (MIT)
Central to our era is the gradual movement of all the world's regions toward a uniform standard of economic and political development. In this class we will read a variety of recent narratives that partake of, dissent from, or contribute to this story, ranging from novels and poems to World Bank and IMF statements and National Geographic reports. We will seek to understand the many motives and voices – sometimes congruent, sometimes clashing – that are currently engaged in producing
21L.995 Special Topics in Literature: Milton's "Paradise Lost" (MIT)
In this 3-unit class, we will read Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost. The goal of the class is for students to come away feeling comfortable with its language and argument; meeting in a small group will also allow us to talk about the key questions and issues raised by the poem. This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.
21L.017 The Art of the Probable: Literature and Probability (MIT)
"The Art of the Probable" addresses the history of scientific ideas, in particular the emergence and development of mathematical probability. But it is neither meant to be a history of the exact sciences per se nor an annex to, say, the Course 6 curriculum in probability and statistics. Rather, our objective is to focus on the formal, thematic, and rhetorical features that imaginative literature shares with texts in the history of probability. These shared issues include (but are not limited to)
21F.716 Introduction to Contemporary Hispanic Literature (MIT)
This course studies representative twentieth and twenty-first-century texts and films from Hispanic America and Spain. Emphasis is on developing strategies for analyzing the genres of the novel, the short story, the poem, the fictional film, and the theatrical script. The novels read this semester are Magali García Ramis's Felices días, Tío Sergio (1986, Puerto Rico) and Javier Cercas's Soldados de Salamina (2001, Spain). We will study Lorca's play "La casa de Bernarda Alba"
21L.463 Renaissance Literature (MIT)
The Renaissance has justly become both famous and notorious as an age of discovery, and its voyages took place in many realms. This semester, we will read several history making narratives of early modern travel: first-hand accounts of discovery, captivity, conquest, or cultural encounter. As Europeans came to acquire experience of unfamiliar places, literary texts of the period began to assimilate this experience by describing imagined voyages across real or fantastic landscapes. Finally, voyag
21L.701 Literary Interpretation: Literature and Urban Experience (MIT)
Alienation, overcrowding, sensory overload, homelessness, criminality, violence, loneliness, sprawl, blight. How have the realities of city living influenced literature's formal and thematic techniques? How useful is it to think of literature as its own kind of "map" of urban space? Are cities too grand, heterogeneous, and shifting to be captured by writers? In this seminar we will seek answers to these questions in key city literature, and in theoretical works that endeavor to understand the cu
21M.013J The Supernatural in Music, Literature and Culture (MIT)
This class explores the relationship between music and the supernatural, focusing on the social history and context of supernatural beliefs as reflected in key literary and musical works from 1600 to the present. Provides a better understanding of the place of ambiguity and the role of interpretation in culture, science and art. Explores great works of art by Shakespeare, Verdi, Goethe (in translation), Gounod, Henry James and Benjamin Britten. Readings will also include selections from the most
21F.412 Texts, Topics, and Times in German Literature (MIT)
In diesem Kurs erhalten Sie einen Überblick über einige wichtige literarische Texte, Tendenzen und Themen aus der deutschsprachigen Literatur- und Kulturszene. Wir werden literarische Texte, Gedichte, Theaterstücke und Essays untersuchen, sowie andere ästhetische Formen besprechen, wie Film und Architektur. Da alle Texte gleichzeitig in ihrem spezifischen kulturellen Kontext gelesen werden, tragen sie zu einem Verständnis von verschiedenen historischen Aspekten bei. Unter anderen werden fol
Theme in Literature: Ideas About Life
Student narrated. Do you find it difficult identifying the author's theme in a story? Theme revolves around the author's ideas about life. Watch this 90-second video to get a better idea. This video is part of the video collection at NextVista.org (http://nextvista.org), a proud partner of Curriki.
The History of American Literature-Poe and Hawthorne
This program that explores the work of of famous American Authors in history. In the years just before the Civil War major literary figures Poe and Hawthorne are explored along with their literary works in this clip.
History of American Literature Transdentalism
This program that explores the work of of famous American Authors in history. Transcendentalism is explored in American literature before, during, and after the civil War.
The History of American Literature-Realism
This program that explores the work of of famous American Authors in
history. Authors and literature from the literary movement called realism is discussed in this clip.
The History of American Literature-Naturalism
This program that explores the work of of famous American Authors in
history. The clip explains naturalism and the authors in this realistic trend such as London and Frank Norris.
The History of American Literature-Melville & Dickinson
This program explores the famous literary works of Melville & Dickinson. Expert discusses these authors and the meaning of their works.
Student Project - Creating a Mix CD in Response to Literature (Slaughterhouse-5)
This video features two students talking about the thinking behind the CD they produced in response to Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-5. The students explain how their song choices connect to episodes and themes in the novel. The video provides a model of what projects like these can look like as well as a good overview of some of the novel's themes.
Ask Dr. Sharon: Physical and Mental maturity of teenagers
This short video quickly reviews facts about the physical and mental growth of teenagers. Such facts that most girls will start puberty around 9 years of age, and most boys will start around 11 years. By 15, most girls are completely physically mature, as are most boys at nearly 17. However, research has shown that the adolescent brain does not mature at the same rate as the body.The prefrontal (anterior) part of the brain controls reason, emotion, common sense, and judgment, and is not mature u