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For over 50 years, Yale’s Comparative Literature department has been one of the preeminent sites, worldwide, for the comparative practice of literary history and analysis, and for the promulgation of literary theory. From its founding as a unique program for wide-ranging, cross-cultural, philologically and theoretically engaged studies of language and literature, the department has been committed to a broad geographic and intellectual scope, both in its graduate curriculum as well as its vibrant undergraduate course of study known as “The Literature Major.” Located at the heart of Yale’s campus, we are a center for multidisciplinary scholarship in over twenty languages, connecting our students and faculty to variety of departments, institutes, and working groups within Yale and beyond.

Department News

November 10, 2016
The Comparative Literature Department invites you to: IDENTITY POLITICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS: PERSPECTIVES ON THE ARGENTINE GENDER IDENTITY LAW with Blas Radi and Moira Perez, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina Wednesday, November 30, 5-7 pm Reception to follow The Comparative Literature Library, Old Campus, Bingham Hall, 8th Floor Co-sponsored by the WGSS Program, the MacMillan Center, and the Kempf Fund
November 7, 2016
The Comparative Literature Department is pleased to present a public lecture by Daniel Tiffany, Professor of Comparative Literature and English at the University of Southern California. The talk, entitled “In the Poisonous Candy Factory: Kitsch and Poetic Diction,” will take place at 4pm on Monday, November 7th in the Comparative Literature Department Library, Bingham Hall, 8th floor. Reception to follow. Tiffany is the author of five books of literary criticism, and five collections of poetry...