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

October 23, 2017
Encounters with Classical Antiquity in Latin America A Humanities/ Humanity Workshop at Yale University October 27-29, 2017 Whitney Humanities Center Yale Conveners: Moira Fradinger (Comparative Literature) · Emily Greenwood (Classics & African American Studies) · Leslie Harkema (Spanish & Portuguese) · George Syrimis (Hellenic Studies) Participants: Francisco Barrenechea (University of Maryland, USA) · Aníbal Biglieri (University of Kentucky, USA) · Elina Miranda Cancela (Universidad...
October 23, 2017
Professor Moira Fradinger will be the inaugural visiting lecturer at Stanford sponsored by the Latin American perspectives fellowship (April 2018) Professor Fradinger will also be a visiting professor at the Dahlem Center of the Freie Universitat in Berlin this coming summer.
September 26, 2017
THE DEPARTMENT OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE presents Aamir R. Mufti Professor of Comparative Literature UCLA “’We to Whom Prayer is a Custom Forgotten’: Secular Theologies in Faiz Ahmed Faiz” Monday, October 9th, 4 pm The Comparative Literature Library Old Campus, Bingham Hall 8th Floor Reception to Follow