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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

December 4, 2019
Ariel Bardi, PhD ‘15 was featured in the Yale Office of Career Strategy’s Alum spotlight. See story here.
November 13, 2019
Roberto González Echevarria has published a new book—the third of three—with the prestigious Mardrid press Cátedra: El estrellado establo: infinito e improvisación en el Siglo de Oro.  It is about the impact of the Copernican revolution on Golden Age Spanish literature: Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calderón, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
November 6, 2019
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes spoke with Martin Hägglund about his new book, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom.