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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

March 24, 2020
Martin Hägglund’s This Life has been awarded the René Wellek Prize for the best book in the field by the American Comparative Literature Association. The Wellek Prize is generally considered to be the most prestigious award in comparative literature. Past winners include Umberto Eco and Edward Said. In their prize motivation, the awards committee offered high praise for This Life: “Martin Hägglund’s This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom is unclassifiable. A work of great critical...
March 17, 2020
Dear Friends and Colleagues, I am saddened to report to you that Marguerite Waller died a few days ago.  Margie received her Ph.D from Yale’s Comparative Literature Department.  She taught at Amherst College and the University of California-Riverside, and published with distinction on English and Italian literature and on social and women’s issues.  She was a vibrant intellectual and personal presence in our field, and she will be missed. I enclose the following obituary, written by...
January 31, 2020
Ayten Tartici ’19 recently published “Slow Consumables,” a long-form article on the aesthetics of slowness in contemporary art, music and literature in Johns Hopkins University’s ASAP/Journal.   Ayten earned her PhD in Comparative Literature in December 2019. Her dissertation, entitled “Adagios of Form,” focused on the intersection of aesthetics, politics and temporality in 20th and 21st century literature and art, particularly the modernist novel. The full article is available at https://muse....