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

March 27, 2017
Yale Comparative Literature Open Forum presents:  Prof. Marc Caplan (Judaic Studies) “An Overture to Modernism: Georg Büchner, Karl-Emil Franzos, and the Evolution of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck.” This lecture will discuss the textual history of Georg Büchner’s posthumous dramatic fragment Woyzeck, from its first publication in the 1870s, forty years after Büchner’s death, to its theatrical debut just before World War I, to its transformation into Alban Berg’s first opera, ...
March 27, 2017
YALE UNIVERSITY THE DEPARTMENT OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE PRESENTS Joshua Landy Andrew B. Hammond Professor of French and Comparative Literature Stanford University “In Praise of Depth: or, How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Hidden” Monday, March 27, 5 pm The Comparative Literature Library Old Campus, Bingham Hall 8th Floor Reception to Follow