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Lit@MIT Readathon: Beowulf
Arthur Bahr
Tue Jan 25, 09:30am-04:00pm, 14E-304

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Get ready to rumble as the third annual Lit@MIT Readathon tackles Beowulf this IAP. On January 25, starting at 9:30 am in 14E-304, all are invited to come and join as we read out the hero's battles against the monstrous Grendel and his ferocious mother in Denmark, and a fire-breathing dragon back in his homeland. We will use Seamus Heaney's award-winning translation, which has the advantage of including the original Old English as well; those with either expertise in the language or an especially doughty spirit of adventure can read in Old English (on-the-spot pronunciation lessons will be available), but everyone is enthusiastically welcome. (No one, incidentally, should feel obliged to stay for the entire extravaganza; drop-ins are encouraged.) Following the conclusion of the poem proper, we will watch the probably-truly-terrible-but-still-amusing recent (2007) movie version of the poem. Mead, alas, will not be served, but light refreshments will be.

9:30am-11:30am 14E-304
11:30am-1:30pm TBD
1:30pm-2pm 14E-304 for lunch
2pm-4pm 32-141 for movie screening
Web: http://lit.mit.edu
Contact: Jamie Graham, 14N-407, x8-5629, jamiecg@mit.edu

Pleasures of Poetry
David Thorburn
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Reading and discussion of memorable poems led by Literature Section faculty and other MIT colleagues.

A packet containing all of the poems in the series will soon be available from the Literature Office, 14N-407 and at http://lit.mit.edu.
Web: http://lit.mit.edu/
Contact: Jamie Graham, 14N-407, x8-5629, jamiecg@mit.edu

John Berryman
Stephen Tapscott
Dream Song 1
Dream Song 4
Dream Song 14
Mon Jan 3, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Li Bai
Alexander Wei
Tales of Sorrowful Song
Feelings upon Awakening from Drunkenness on a Spring Day
Tue Jan 4, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Herman Melville
Wyn Kelley
Time’s Betrayal
Wed Jan 5, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Mark Halliday
David Thorburn
Poetry Failure
The Fedge
Summer Planning
Thu Jan 6, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Goran Sonneri
Zach Bos
from Mozart's Third Brain
Fri Jan 7, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

William Shakespeare
Howard Eiland
Sonnets 15, 71
Mon Jan 10, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Andre Lord, Tennessee Williams
Anne Fleche
Andre Lord
Tennessee Williams
Which is My Little Boy?
Tue Jan 11, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Ellen Bryant Voigt
David Thorburn
Wed Jan 12, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

William Carlos Williams, Kenneth Koch
Amaranth Borsuk
William Carlos Williams
This is Just to Say
Kenneth Koch
Variations on a theme by
William Carlos Williams
Thu Jan 13, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Tennyson, Swinburn
James Paradis
Disgust: A Dramatic
Fri Jan 14, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

ee cummings
Anne Hudson
anyone lived in a pretty how town
next to of course god america i
1(a… (a leaf falls on loneliness)
Tue Jan 18, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Timothy Donnelly
Kate Gyllensvard
Accidental Species
Wed Jan 19, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Anne Carson
Eugenie Brinkema
TV Men: Lazarus
Thu Jan 20, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Wilfred Owen
Nora Delaney
Dulce et Decorum Est
Anthem for Doomed Youth
Fri Jan 21, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Beowulf: highlights
Arthur Bahr
Mon Jan 24, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Beowulf Mobile Marathon
Arthur Bahr
Please join us in this year's Mobile Marathon: Beowulf! We will read the poem in its entirety in a walk around campus. A light breakfast and pizza lunch will be provided, culminating with a screening of Robert Zemeckis's Beowulf (2007).

More information may be found on the Literature website at http://lit.mit.edu
Tue Jan 25, 09:30am-04:00pm, 14E-304

Wayne Koestenbaum, Thom Gunn
Joel Burges
Wayne Koestenbaum
Erotic Collectibles
Thom Gunn
The Man with the Night
In Time of Plague
Wed Jan 26, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

Christian Campbell
Alisa Braithwaite
Oregon Elegy
Sidney Potter Studies

Note: today's session will meet in 14N-417!
Thu Jan 27, 01-02:00pm, 14N-417

James Buzard
The Lotos-Eaters
Fri Jan 28, 01-02:00pm, 14E-304

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