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.


Tuesday, December 5, 2023. 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Building 260, Pigott Hall
450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 260, Stanford, CA 94305
room 216

Dr. Lisa Silverman (Professor of History and Jewish Studies -University of Wisconsin-…

Wednesday, December 6, 2023. 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Pigott Hall, Bldg 260, Rm 252

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

Juan Carlos Garzón Mantilla will give a…

Friday, December 15, 2023. 10:00am - 11:00am

Please join the Caribbean Studies Reading Group (CSRG) in the sixth meeting of the Graduate Foundations in Black Geographies Series with guest…


On November 13, 2023, Sarah Prodan released her second studio album titled Little Bird. 

Dr. Cintia Santana reads from her new book, The Disordered Alphabet, in the German Library at Stanford University.

On November 8, 2023, the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages hosted a book reading by Cintia Santana (Senior Lecturer, Comparative Literature) at Stanford University to showcase her newly published book, The Disordered Alphabet. Over 60 people attended the successful event where Dr.
"Fiestas Fit for a King: Contested Symbolic Regimes of Power in New Spain," by Nicole T. Hughes was published in Renaissance Quarterly, Volume 76, Issue 3 by Cambridge University Press in Fall 2023.

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