Welcome

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

September 5, 2017
Karl Ove Knausgård’s My Struggle has been widely celebrated, and the English speaking world is now awaiting the translation of the sixth and final volume, itself more than a thousand pages long. Drawing on the original Norwegian, Professor Martin Hägglund presents a reading of My Struggle as a whole, pursuing the existential stakes, philosophical implications, and transformative quality of Knausgård’s project. 
July 6, 2017
Our Pelin Kivrak has won a national fiction award in Turkey with her first book manuscript. The  2017 Yaşar Nabi Nayır Short Story Award is annually given to an unpublished book by a young writer. The book’s title is “There is Possibility in Nothingness”, and it will be released by the end of this calendar year. Congratulations, Pelin!
May 1, 2017
Dearest Mary Jane,   My warmest congratulations on your 45th anniversary at Yale! Words cannot express how grateful and honored I am to be working with you. Your experience, wisdom, and genuine care makes everything else possible in the department. All of us, and Yale as an institution, are so lucky to have you.   Martin Hagglund