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 11, 2019
A profound, original, and accessible book that offers a new secular vision of how we can lead our lives. Ranging from fundamental existential questions to the most pressing social issues of our time, This Life shows why our commitment to freedom and democracy should lead us beyond both religion and capitalism. In this groundbreaking book, the philosopher Martin Hägglund challenges our received notions of faith and freedom. The faith we need to cultivate, he argues, is not a religious faith in...
“Aeneas Flees Burning Troy,” by Federico Barocci (1598). Via Wikimedia Commons.
December 7, 2018
Please read this article published by YaleNews celebrating our own Professor David Quint. https://news.yale.edu/2018/12/07/yale-renaissance-scholar-takes-ancient-literary-works-21st-century
December 5, 2018
We are delighted to share news of the grand honor bestowed upon Dudley Andrew, R. Seldon Rose Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of Film Studies and our first combined Comparative Literature and Film Studies doctoral student Anne Kern ’07. The event was held Wednesday, December 5th. Anne Kern is presently an Associate Professor of Film and Cinema Studies, and dean at Purchase College State University of New York. She has been named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres....