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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

       True to Life: An Interview with Martin Hägglund  An interview with     Martin Hägglund   Martin Hägglund speaks about This Life, his new book about love, grief, wealth, and Karl Marx.  "View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow" by Thomas Cole, 1836. Metropolitan Museum of Art / Wikimedia
May 28, 2019
True to Life: An Interview with Martin Hägglund Jacobin’s Meagan Day spoke to Hägglund about Karl Marx, C. S. Lewis, St Augustine, Martin Luther King Jr, and how democratic socialism — not liberal capitalism — can fulfill our shared commitment to the values of freedom and democracy. See full interview here.
May 23, 2019
THE THERON ROCKWELL FIELD PRIZE was awarded to Alice Yang, B.A. 2019, Literature and Comparative Cultures for her senior essay “Abounding Freedom: A Collection of Prose Poetry by Julien Gracq, Translated from the French by Alice Yang” The Theron Rockwell Field Prize is given for “a poetic, literary, or religious work” of scholarship. The award was established in 1957 by Emilia R. Field in memory of her husband, Theron Rockwell Field, 1889S. Congratulations!
The idea of eternity, Martin Hägglund argues, destroys meaning and value. Illustration by Deanna Halsall
May 13, 2019
The idea of eternity, Martin Hägglund argues, destroys meaning and value. See the review here.