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Comparative Literature

Literatures and cultures from across the world in dialogue

The Department of Comparative Literature brings into sharper focus literatures and cultures from around the world by holding them under a comparative light. It expands the boundaries of national traditions and bring them in dialogue with each other. 

Our curriculum seeks to prepare students for reading and research in the languages and histories of different societies and periods. It also emphasized cultural and critical analysis, literary theory and interdisciplinarity. Literary theory in all its forms helps to break down the borders between national literary fields, as well as between literary studies and other disciplines. Indeed, the discipline of Comparative Literature asks, often, just what "literature" is, and how it functions as a product of (and response to) our imaginations, our languages, and our social and economic lives. Students in our courses, majors in the department, and graduate students in the Ph.D. program all interact to shape debates about the place of the verbal and visual arts (and the methods of their study) in past times and our own.

Statement on Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Comparative Literature condemns sexual harassment and sexual violence unequivocally. Such behavior is inimical to a productive learning environment and incompatible with the values of our department and discipline. We pledge to oppose such behavior, just as we promise to work with appropriate university offices to accommodate, support, and protect any student who is a survivor of sexual harassment or sexual violence or has been a victim of retaliation.

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 8, 2024, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Building 260, Pigott Hall
450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 260, Stanford, CA 94305
Rm 312

The Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages invites you to the DLCL Symposium on AI and Humanities, a panel discussion with Stanford faculty and graduate students teaching courses and…

Monday, March 11, 2024, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Encina Commons
615 Crothers Way, Stanford, CA 94305



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…
Cintia Santana, Senior Lecturer of Comparative Literature, shares her new publication, The Disordered Alphabet (Four Way Books, 2023) -- a collection of poems. The Disordered Alphabet was also featured in Poets & Writers . The publication is…
2023 DLCL Commencement Address by Dominick Lawton, Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures.