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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

December 22, 2016
Moira Weigel, graduate student in Comparative Literature and Film and Media, was named to the Harvard Society of Fellows in December. Weigel’s fellowship with the Harvard Society of Fellows will allow her to revise her dissertation into a book and begin a third book project as well as writing essays and occasional criticism.   Her dissertation, entitled Animating Modernism: Cinema, Animals, and the Prehistories of Posthumanism, explores modernism’s twin fascinations with nonhuman animals and ...
December 22, 2016
Moira Weigel, graduate student in Comparative Literature and Film and Media, published her book Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating in May.   Labor of Love, published by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, investigates the shape-shifting institution of dating. A genre-bender, LOL crosses social history with memoir and anecdote and theories of gender and sexuality with Moira’s favorite form of theorizing– jokes– in order to explore how dating co-evolved with other forms of labor...
December 22, 2016
The Department of Comparative Literature is seeking papers for its upcoming Graduate Conference on March 31st and April 1st, 2017. The Keynote Speaker is University of Waterloo Professor Howard Chiang, and the topic of the conference is ‘Currencies.’ The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 15, 2017. Please see the flyer for more details.