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

April 30, 2018
Hartman Fellows Symposium on Holocaust TestimoniesSunday, May 6, 2018, 9-11:45 a.m. Sterling Memorial Library Hartman Fellows Symposium on Holocaust Testimonies  Scholars Sarah Garibov, Glenn Dynner, and Gabor Toth will present their research with the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. Garibov and Dynner are annotating a new critical edition series for testimonies. Toth is developing new digital tools for analyzing thousands of hours of testimony transcripts. Sterling...
April 5, 2018
Read about the Martin Hägglund project
March 7, 2018
For many of us, self-reflection marks the turn of the new year, namely in the form of resolution-making. But few of us ever stop to consider, “What exactly is the ‘self’ I am trying to improve?” A new Yale humanities course, “Selfhood, Race, Class, and Gender” — or simply, the Self Class — is committed to answering the question: What is the “self” anyway? Marta Figlerowicz, professor of comparative literature and English, and Ayesha Ramachandran, professor of comparative literature, are co-...