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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

January 17, 2020
Please join us in congratulating Robyn and Julia on being awarded translation fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts! https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/FY20-Translation-List.pdf
December 19, 2019
Martin Hägglund’s new book is reviewed in Radical Philosophy: “A breathtaking reconstruction of Marx as a thinker of freedom, re-grounding the conceptual priority of time and value within his critique of political economy… This Life may be the most important revival of Hegelian Marxism since Althusser’s critique of that orientation… Hägglund re-grounds the question of the political implications of the existential analytic – and that is an intervention in intellectual history of the...
December 4, 2019
Ariel Bardi, PhD ‘15 was featured in the Yale Office of Career Strategy’s Alum spotlight. See story here.