Department News

March 24, 2020
Martin Hägglund’s This Life has been awarded the René Wellek Prize for the best book in the field by the American Comparative Literature Association. The Wellek Prize is generally considered to be the most prestigious award in comparative literature. Past winners include Umberto Eco and Edward Said. In their prize motivation, the awards committee offered high praise for This Life: “Martin Hägglund’s This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom is unclassifiable. A work of great critical...
March 17, 2020
Dear Friends and Colleagues, I am saddened to report to you that Marguerite Waller died a few days ago.  Margie received her Ph.D from Yale’s Comparative Literature Department.  She taught at Amherst College and the University of California-Riverside, and published with distinction on English and Italian literature and on social and women’s issues.  She was a vibrant intellectual and personal presence in our field, and she will be missed. I enclose the following obituary, written by...
January 31, 2020
Ayten Tartici ’19 recently published “Slow Consumables,” a long-form article on the aesthetics of slowness in contemporary art, music and literature in Johns Hopkins University’s ASAP/Journal.   Ayten earned her PhD in Comparative Literature in December 2019. Her dissertation, entitled “Adagios of Form,” focused on the intersection of aesthetics, politics and temporality in 20th and 21st century literature and art, particularly the modernist novel. The full article is available at https://muse....
January 17, 2020
Please join us in congratulating Robyn and Julia on being awarded translation fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts! https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/FY20-Translation-List.pdf
December 19, 2019
Martin Hägglund’s new book is reviewed in Radical Philosophy: “A breathtaking reconstruction of Marx as a thinker of freedom, re-grounding the conceptual priority of time and value within his critique of political economy… This Life may be the most important revival of Hegelian Marxism since Althusser’s critique of that orientation… Hägglund re-grounds the question of the political implications of the existential analytic – and that is an intervention in intellectual history of the...
December 4, 2019
Ariel Bardi, PhD ‘15 was featured in the Yale Office of Career Strategy’s Alum spotlight. See story here.
November 13, 2019
Roberto González Echevarria has published a new book—the third of three—with the prestigious Mardrid press Cátedra: El estrellado establo: infinito e improvisación en el Siglo de Oro.  It is about the impact of the Copernican revolution on Golden Age Spanish literature: Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calderón, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.