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

“Aeneas Flees Burning Troy,” by Federico Barocci (1598). Via Wikimedia Commons.
December 7, 2018
Please read this article published by YaleNews celebrating our own Professor David Quint. https://news.yale.edu/2018/12/07/yale-renaissance-scholar-takes-ancient-literary-works-21st-century
December 5, 2018
We are delighted to share news of the grand honor bestowed upon Dudley Andrew, R. Seldon Rose Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of Film Studies and our first combined Comparative Literature and Film Studies doctoral student Anne Kern ’07. The event was held Wednesday, December 5th. Anne Kern is presently an Associate Professor of Film and Cinema Studies, and dean at Purchase College State University of New York. She has been named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres....
October 26, 2018
The need to design large-scale frameworks for organizing the data explosion of the digital age is perhaps the central problem facing interdisciplinary research in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences today. A team at Yale proposes to confront this problem by examining how large bodies of data have been managed, analyzed, disseminated, and made legible both in the past and in the present. The two-year project, titled “The Order of Multitudes: Atlas, Encyclopedia, Museum,” has received...