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

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
April 25, 2017
 Yale University’s Program of Judaic Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature Present the Yale Annual Seminar on Modern Hebrew Literature and Jewish Literatures ___________###___________ MIGRATION AND IMMIGRATION IN MODERN HEBREW LITERATURE AND JEWISH LITERATURES WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 10:30 am Professor Chana Kronfeld, UC Berkeley Keynote: Migration and Immigration in Modern Hebrew Literature 1:00 pm Professor Adam Rovner, University of Denver American Jewish Literature 3:30 pm ...
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, ...