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 2, 2019
2019 MacArthur Fellow Emily Wilson, ‘01 PhD Classicist and Translator | Class of 2019 Bringing classical literature to new audiences in works that convey ancient texts’ relevance to our time and highlight the assumptions about social relations that underlie translation decisions. Title Classicist and Translator Affiliation Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Portrait of Samuel Hodgkin
August 29, 2019
We are pleased to welcome Samuel Hodgkin to our department! We are all very excited that Professor Hodgkin is joining our faculty. Today you can read about the new, timely, and important course he is teaching in the spring on medieval world literature: https://news.yale.edu/2019/08/29/medieval-literature-without-borders-new-classes-rethink-middle-ages
August 28, 2019
We are pleased to announce Jing Tsu’s appointment as the John M. Schiff Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature at Yale. You can read about Jing’s distinguished career and exciting work by clicking here. Congratulations!