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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

August 2, 2019
Juliet Lapidos, Literature Major 2005 had a Gates Cambridge fellowship has published an academic novel. Talent by Juliet Lapidos ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 — LitHub, The Millions, Thrillist, Entertainment Weekly   In this “deliciously funny, sharp, and sincere (Helen Oyeyemi)” debut, a young graduate student writing about–and desperately searching for–inspiration stumbles upon it in the unlikeliest of places. Anna Brisker is a twenty-nine-year-old graduate student in...
August 2, 2019
Everything is Yours, Everything is Not Yours April 12, 2016 by Clemantine Wamariya, Elizabeth Weil   Clemantine Wamariya, who at age six fled the Rwandan genocide with her sister, spent seven years wandering central Africa as a refugee, eventually coming to the United States and succeeding by every conventional marker. Judges called the piece “clear-eyed,” “tremendously insightful,” and “gracefully and honestly told.” Originally published by Matter in June, 2015.
       True to Life: An Interview with Martin Hägglund  An interview with     Martin Hägglund   Martin Hägglund speaks about This Life, his new book about love, grief, wealth, and Karl Marx.  "View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow" by Thomas Cole, 1836. Metropolitan Museum of Art / Wikimedia
May 28, 2019
True to Life: An Interview with Martin Hägglund Jacobin’s Meagan Day spoke to Hägglund about Karl Marx, C. S. Lewis, St Augustine, Martin Luther King Jr, and how democratic socialism — not liberal capitalism — can fulfill our shared commitment to the values of freedom and democracy. See full interview here.