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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.


Wednesday, May 29, 2024. 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Pigott Hall, Bldg 260, Rm 252

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


The CMEMS Workshop series meets most…

Wednesday, May 29, 2024. 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Building 260, Pigott Hall
450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 260, Stanford, CA 94305
Rm 252

Please join French-Speaking Worlds: Then and Now for a talk by Annette Damayanti Lienau (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard…

Friday, May 31, 2024. All day

This event has been canceled.


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.
Congratulations to Yuliya Ilchuk (Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures) and Amelia M.

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.