Welcome to the DLCL

The Division brings together individuals dedicated to the study of literatures, cultures, and languages from humanistic and interdisciplinary perspectives.

The Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages hosts five departments, as well as the Stanford Language Center.

Comparative Literature

French and Italian

German Studies

Iberian and Latin American Cultures

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Language Center



Wednesday, November 30, 2022. 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pigott Hall, Bldg. 260, Rm 216

Join the next Comics: More Than Words Research Unit group reading session titled "On the translation of manga" with Ryo Nomura (PhD student in…

Wednesday, November 30, 2022. 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Pigott Hall, Bldg. 260, Rm 252

Organized and hosted by the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS).

Florian Remele (University of Lausanne…

Friday, December 2, 2022. 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tresidder Union, outside CoHo

Stammtisch is a German table where students can get a slice of pizza and talk German!

Accepting Applications for 2023-24

The Department of German Studies is pleased to announce the Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship for 2023-24 and to request applications. Applications due by December 1, 2022.


Rita Dove is one of the foremost contemporary U.S. poets (U.S. Poet Laureate, 1993-95, and Pulitzer Prize winner in 1987) and Mellon Fellow Ana Ilievska recently wrote a review and translated eight poems into Italian from Dove’s latest book, Playlist for the Apocalypse (2021).
On October 21, 2022, a DLCL symposium brought together ten of the Division's Research Unit groups to discuss their work along with the prompt "in what ways do language and literature matter?"
Alexei Grinbaum will be teaching in Stanford Professor Jean-Pierre Dupuy’s class, FRENCH 367: Introduction to Apocalyptic Thinking, on Tuesday, November 1

Research Unit

Focal Groups

DLCL Focal Groups bring together faculty members and graduate students who share academic interests ranging across and beyond singular languages and national literatures. Our Focal Groups are conceived as portals that open from the Division outward to the wider community of literary and humanities scholars. All Focal Groups include participants from humanities departments outside the DLCL. Each focal group maintains a research workshop at which both faculty and graduate students present and discuss their work. Some Focal Groups offer formal courses, and all groups are responsible for overseeing research-oriented endeavors, including sponsoring conferences, publications, podcasts, and other activities that disseminate the outcomes of their research.

Research Groups

DLCL Research Groups are collaborative groups that receive funding from the DLCL for one to three years. Graduate students from within the DLCL and other Stanford departments can start a research group by submitting a proposal during the Call for Proposals period each year in the spring for the following academic year.

Reading Groups

DLCL Reading Groups are smaller, student-run groups, centered around a specific area of literature. Unlike DLCL Focal Groups and Research Groups, Reading Groups do not require a Faculty PI, and typically hold internal meetings and discussions. DLCL Reading Groups are coordinated by DLCL graduate students and include students from within the DLCL and other Stanford departments.

Recent Publications