Department News

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...
May 5, 2022
Afghanistan through Afghan Voices is a series of virtual workshops that highlights and critically engages with recent scholarship on one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world. It aims to open an inclusive and multidisciplinary space where Afghan scholars and artists come together in conversation with broad audiences to publicly reflect on their research endeavors and creative trajectories. Monthly programs include Afghan artists from around the globe in dialogue with scholars of...
March 24, 2022
On Tuesday, March 29, 2:30-5:30pm, Yale will host a symposium on the career of the Uzbek writer Hamid Ismailov. Ismailov is the preeminent contemporary Central Asian novelist, and a founding member of the Fergana School, one of the most important Russophone poetry scenes of the post-Soviet moment. A panel of critics including Sam Hodgkin and Leah Feldman will survey his literary career, and a panel of his English translators including Robert Chandler will discuss the experience of translating...
March 21, 2022
MLN Special Issue on Rüdiger Campe’s “Writings Scenes” The comparatist issue of Modern Language Notes 2021 – which has appeared at the beginning of 2022 – is devoted to Rüdiger Campe’s conceptualization of the “writing scene.” Together with further contributions from literary to media studies, the issue features the translation of Campe’s 1991 essay and a new piece on the subject.
February 11, 2022
Jing Tsu, the John M. Schiff Professor of East Asian Studies & Comparative Literature at Yale University, has published her most recent work Kingdom of Characters.The Language Revolution That Made China Modern with Penguin Randomhouse in January of 2022. The book has immediately met with great public attention. For the latest witness of many other prestigious reviews see the cover and the lead review article of the New York Review of Books from 2/6/2022.