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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

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...
October 18, 2018
We are pleased to announce that on October 15–Virgil’s birthday–David Quint was awarded the International Virgil Prize in Mantua, Italy. It is the highest prize offered annually to a distinguished scholar of Virgil.  Here is a link to the announcement, along with  another to the article that came out in the local Mantua paper: http://www.mantova2018.it/it-ww/premio-internazionale-virgilio.aspx http://gazzettadimantova.gelocal.it/tempo-libero/2018/10/15/news/premio-vergilius-a...
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...