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

February 20, 2018
YALE UNIVERSITY’S COMPARATIVE LITERATURE GRADUATE CONFERENCE March 2-3, 2018 Whitney Humanities Center, Room 208 53 Wall Street, New Haven, CT Friday, March 2nd 1:00 Welcome Reception & Introductory Remarks 1:30-3:00 Panel 1: Theorizing the Commons 3:15-4:45 Panel 2: (Un)common Everyday Saturday, March 3rd 11:00-12:30 Panel 3: Contested Commons 1:30-3:00 Panel 4: Common places 3:15-4:45 Panel 5: Performing in Common We are grateful to the support of our sponsors: The Departments of...
January 17, 2018
Emily Apter, New York University “Theorizing in Untranslatables” Thursday, February 15 6:00pm The Comparative Literature Library Bingham Hall, 8th Floor
November 30, 2017
New initiative at Yale seeks to answer the question: What is the internet? By Bess Connolly Martell One of the goals — and challenges — of “Internet Cultures,” a new teaching and learning initiative on campus, is to explore the unknown and unknowable. In fact, the term “internet cultures” often ends up in quotation marks because it is so malleable, according to Yale faculty members Marijeta Bozovic and Marta Figlerowicz, the co-organizers of the initiative. The initiative, explain the...