Department News

October 24, 2016
Professor Jing Tsu explains what 500,000 Chinese characters can do for the world in an Op-Ed piece in The New York Times.   “China’s Digital Soft Power Play”  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/25/opinion/chinas-digital-soft-power-play.html?_r=0
October 11, 2016
Yale News interviews Professor Jing Tsu on her award-winning research and book project http://news.yale.edu/2016/05/24/conversation-2016-guggenheim-fellow-jing…
February 29, 2016
The Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference, with a topic of “On the Joke and the Joker,” will be held on April 1 and 2, 2016 with a Keynote address by Professor Ron Jenkins from Wesleyan University. Graduate Student Conference 2016 Department of Comparative Literature Yale University April 1 – 2, 2016 “…thanks to their façade, [jokes] are in a position to conceal not only what they have to say but also the fact that they have something—forbidden—to say.” – Sigmund Freud, Jokes...
January 20, 2016
Ph.D. candidate Kevin Holden recently published three books of poetry and was named in July as a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. The first book, Birch, was the recipient of the 2014 Ahsahta Press Chapbook Prize. The second, Sublimation, is now available from Little Red Leaves. The third, Solar, received the 2015 Fence Modern Poets Series Prize. His competitive fellowship supports a small number of scholars in an early stage of their careers for three years of study in any...
Professor Dudley Andrew holding his new publication, a collection of Andre Bazin's essays
December 1, 2015
Dudley Andrew, the biographer and chief advocate of André Bazin, has recently organized, translated, and introduced the famous film theorist’s copious startling articles on the new media of the 1950s: television, CinemaScope, and 3-D. Far more a cultural critic than anyone knew, and in the mode of his contemporary Roland Barthes, Bazin wrote cunningly about the technological, economic, sociological, and aesthetic concerns of these challenges to the regime of standard cinema. Along the way...
October 26, 2015
Ayesha Ramachandran, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of Graduate Studies, in October published her book The Worldmakers with University of Chicago Press. The interdisciplinary study investigates the transformation of the concept of “the world” in a variety of 16th and 17th century thinkers in fields ranging from cartography to poetry to natural philosophy. Through the lens of the self-conscious shaping of the concept “the world,” Ramachandran explores the early modern...
October 1, 2015
Carol Jacobs, Birgit Baldwin Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of Germanic Language and Literature, in October published her new book Sebald’s Vision with Columbia University Press. The book, one of the first in English to consider comprehensively W.G. Sebald’s work, traces the concept of “vision” through Sebald’s novels, major essays, and interviews. Through considering Sebald’s unique intertextuality, Jacobs explores the relationship between Sebald’s moral claim about the...

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