Department News

November 11, 2022
In an intensive six-week course of study, faculty members, graduate students and independent scholars from around the world, in the humanities and social sciences, explore recent developments in critical theory. The 2023 Session is scheduled for June 11 - July 20, 2023. Participants work with the SCT’s core faculty of distinguished scholars and theorists in one of four six-week seminars. Each faculty member offers, in addition, a public lecture and a colloquium (based on an original paper)...
November 1, 2022
Jing Tsu, a cultural historian and literary scholar at Yale, will explore reasons behind the increasing friction between China and the United States in a semester-long lecture series in which members of the public will learn alongside Yale students. “In ‘China in Six Keys,’ I will take six contemporary controversies and headlines about the nation and look at them in deep historical context,” said Tsu, the John M. Schiff Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures and of Comparative...
October 28, 2022
Lyric Thinking: Poetry in the World, the 2022-23 Bass Library Model Research Collection, features more than 1,000 volumes from Yale Library collections. Curated by Ayesha Ramachandran, chair of the Program in Early Modern Studies and associate professor of Comparative Literature, the collection explores lyric poems across diverse languages, communities, and spaces throughout the historical record. 
October 19, 2022
The Threshold is a collection of poems by Iman Mersal, the Arab world’s great outsider poet. Robyn Creswell’s English versions of her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, The Yale Review, and The New Republic. An early review calls The Threshold “a ravishing new collection” that “obliterates the boundaries between imagination and argument, fiction and nonfiction.”
October 14, 2022
Robyn Creswell, who teaches an undergraduate course on The Thousand and One Nights, has published a review of a new translation of the Arabic (and French) story collection in the November 3, 2002 issue of The New York Review of Books. He calls Yasmine Seale’s version of the tales “the best, to my mind, in English.” 
September 8, 2022
On Thursday, September 8th at 4 PM, the Department of Comparative Literature at NYU will host The Comp Lit Proseminar Syllabus: Workshopping the Problem, a conversation between Emily Apter, Brent Hayes Edwards, Gil Hochberg, Samuel Hodgkin, and Xudong Zhang.
May 23, 2022
Rainer Nägele, Alfred C. and Martha Mohr Professor of Germanic Languages and Literature Emeritus passed away on May 12, 2022, at the age of 78.  Rainer Nägele studied at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and the University of Göttingen (West Germany) before receiving his Ph.D. in 1971 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was a faculty member at Yale from 2006 until his retirement in 2016. His many brilliant and innovative books and numerous essays, as well as his remarkable...