Welcome

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.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, respect groups and their individual members for their unique qualities, and monitor and challenge bias are essential to the pursuit of all knowledge and intellectual work, and fundamental to the values of our department.

The Department of Comparative Literature seeks to create an inclusive, welcoming, and diverse learning and professional environment and is committed to the recruitment and retention of members of underrepresented groups. Diversity (including but not limited to issues of gender, nationality, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability status, socioeconomic status, and religion) is integral to all intellectual activities in the department.

We are committed to achieving, maintaining, and promoting the highest standards for an inclusive intellectual community. Empowering scholars of diverse backgrounds and supporting research and thinking with diverse populations are key to both the quality and the vitality of our communal work

Statement on Sexual Misconduct

The Department of Comparative Literature takes concerns about sexual misconduct and other forms of discrimination very seriously. To maintain a community in which everyone feels at home, the Department encourages students, faculty, and staff to make the chair aware of any forms of sexual harassment or other behavior that violates rules of mutual respect. The Department stands against anyone’s misuse of the power of their positions in an overt or implicit way. We also encourage reporting such unwanted behavior to the Title IX Office and/or SHARE. The University maintains a number of resources to address such questions:

            Sexual Misconduct Response at Yale
            Office of the Provost-Title IX
            Office for Equal Opportunity Programs

Department News

September 4, 2020
“Are you a Yale undergraduate student interested in attending graduate school or professional school? The Yale Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Initiative invites you to browse our Mentor database, which pairs Yale undergraduate students with postdoc, graduate student, and professional student mentors in a wide range of fields. So far, the Initiative has recruited more than 150 mentors in almost every professional school/graduate school department at Yale.   An experienced mentor can make all...
September 1, 2020
We are pleased to announce that our very own Ayten Tartici has been awarded the 2020 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Emerging Voices Fellowship. In response to the severe economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,  the program is designed to identify and assist a vanguard of scholars whose voices, perspectives, and broad visions will strengthen institutions of higher education and humanistic disciplines in the years to come. Ayten will spend the 2020-21 academic year as a...
August 20, 2020
Are you a Yale graduate/professional school student or postdoctoral fellow at Yale interested in mentoring an undergraduate? The Yale Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Initiative invites you to submit a profile to our database to pair Yale undergraduate students with postdoc, graduate student, and professional student mentors from a wide range of fields.   We hope that through these valuable mentorship relationships, mentors will be able to impart valuable advice onto curious, driven...