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

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


Thursday, September 12, 2024 - Friday, September 13, 2024. All day
The University of Cambridge, UK

Call for Papers

This two-day conference, hosted jointly by the PATH+ Research Unit at Stanford University and…


2024 DLCL Commencement Address by Fatoumata Seck, Assistant Professor of French and Italian Assistant Professor, by courtesy, of Comparative Literature.
Here are the forms to submit papers to the DLCL Undergraduate Academic Prizes for Academic Year 2023-2024.
"He’s been called one of the America’s leading humanists, and now he’s taking a step back.

Research Unit

Speakers in a Symposium

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.

Female Speakers in a Symposium

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.

Students Listening to a Speaker

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.