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



Monday, October 2, 2023. 6:30pm
Building 460, Margaret Jacks Hall
450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 460, Stanford, CA 94305
Terrace Room (Rm 426)

Join Renaissances, Stanford’s early modern focal group, as we host…

Tuesday, October 3, 2023. 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Building 260, Pigott Hall
450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 260, Stanford, CA 94305
room 216

The Department of German Studies invites you to join us for a featured lecture by Adrian Daub (German Studies and Comparative Literature, Stanford…

Friday, October 6, 2023. 2:30pm
RSVP for location information

In brilliant prose, Carmen Boullosa offers a twist on the Book of Genesis that dismantles patriarchy and rebuilds our understanding of the world—…


The Department of German Studies at Stanford University is pleased to announce the Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship for 2024-25 and to request applications, due by December 1, 2023.
Colonial Latin American Review published Nicole Hughes' article, “Set in Stone: Jesuit Martyrdom at Land and Sea in Sixteenth-Century Brazil” in July of 2023.
2023 DLCL Commencement Address by Dominick Lawton, Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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