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



Tuesday, May 30, 2023. 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pigott Hall, Bldg 260, Rm 252

Join the next Comics: More Than Words Research Unit group talk titled, "Drawing Theory" with Nick Sousanis.

We are very excited to…

Wednesday, May 31, 2023. 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Pigott Hall, Bldg 260, Rm 252

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

Vincent Debiais (EPHE) will give a talk…

Wednesday, May 31, 2023. 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Building 260, Pigott Hall
450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 260, Stanford, CA 94305
German Library, room 252

New Flamencologías Research Group and Flamenco Cardenal welcome you to two…


Here are the forms to submit papers to the DLCL Undergraduate Academic Prizes for Academic Year 2022-2023.
Congratulations to Cintia Santana whose poem, “The sentinel speaks to me on the post-apocalyptic dance floor” was selected by final judge Jane Wong for inclusion in the
Ana Ilievska, Lecturer of French and Italian, shares her new publication, Contemporary Sicilian Poetry: A Multilingual Anthology (New York:

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