The Department of Comparative Literature at Yale is proud of a long tradition of excellence. We have long been a leading graduate program for the study of literature across the boundaries of national literatures and of other disciplines: law, history, the visual arts, and film. The Literature Major extends the department’s interdisciplinary study to Yale College students. The department encourages students to develop their skills of textual analysis while it challenges them to reflect theoretically on the acts of writing and reading, on the connections between literature and other realms of human experience. The guidelines of our programs allow students great flexibility in shaping their course of study and to pursue their individual intellectual interests.
Comparative Literature enjoys the cooperation of other stellar literature-teaching departments at Yale, and, in addition to our strong faculty, our students can work with professors in English, French, Spanish, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Italian, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Classics, East Asian Languages and Literature, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, African American Studies, Film Studies, and Renaissance Studies.
The Department of Comparative Literature and Yale as a larger whole provide a welcoming environment and social community for graduate study. Graduate students in the department organize the annual Baldwin-Dahl lecture which brings noted critics and thinkers to campus. Students and faculty share their work-in-progress in the ongoing Open Forum series. Our Ph.Ds have enjoyed excellent success in finding academic positions. Since 2005, our graduates have found tenure-track positions in Comparative Literature, English, French, German, Romance Languages, Russian, Classics, Film Studies, Humanities, and other fields at New York University, Penn State, University of Oregon, Claremont College, Notre Dame University, University of Rochester, University of Mary Washington, SUNY-Purchase College, University of Arizona, Texas A & M University, Dartmouth College, University of Chicago, and Bilkent University.