Department News

April 12, 2024
The Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced on April 11, 2024, their appointment of 188 Guggenheim Fellowships to a distinguished and diverse group of culture-creators working across 52 disciplines. Chosen through a rigorous application and peer review process from a pool of almost 3,000 applicants, the Class of 2024 Guggenheim Fellows was tapped on the basis of prior career achievement and exceptional promise. As established in 1925 by founder Senator Simon...
March 18, 2024
Samuel Hodgkin, a scholar of Turkic, Persian, and Eurasian literatures in our department, was interviewed by Belle Cheves (Bard College) about his new book, Persianate Verse and the Poetics of Eastern Internationalism, for the podcast of the Ajam Media Collective, an online multimedia magazine for public scholarship on transregional Persianate history and culture.
March 15, 2024
Professor Moira Fradinger has been awarded the prestigious René Wellek Prize for her book, Antigonas: Writing from Latin America. The René Wellek Prizes recognize outstanding books in the discipline of Comparative Literature.
February 19, 2024
Jing Tsu, a cultural historian and literary scholar of modern China, was recently appointed the Jonathan D. Spence Professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Literatures, effective immediately. She is a member of Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), in the departments of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Literatures. She also has an appointment at the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs. Tsu’s research spans literature, intellectual history, linguistics...
February 5, 2024
Professor Katerina Clark, B. E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature at Yale University, passed away peacefully three days ago, on February 1st.  Professor Clark was a pathbreaking scholar of twentieth-century Russian and Soviet culture, one of the most influential Slavists and comparatists of her generation.  Her work was instrumental in overcoming reductive and politicized approaches to the study of Soviet culture that were set by Cold War...
January 18, 2024
Nobel Prize–winning Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk discusses the souls of animals, discovering feminism, and her home in the village of Krajanów where she was once neighbors with “three different translators of William Blake” in an excerpt from her Art of Fiction interview with Marta Figlerowicz.
November 21, 2023
Professor Robyn Creswell’s English translation of Iman Mersal’s The Threshold, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, won the 2023 National Translation Award in Poetry. The collection, translated from Arabic, was also a finalist for the Griffin Prize, and has received enthusiastic reviews in the The New York Review of Books, The Nation, and elsewhere.