Note from the Chair    


We regret to announce that the Yale Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures will not accept applications to our graduate program during the 2021 admissions cycle.

In order to ensure that the department has resources to adequately support its students during the Covid-19 pandemic, we will hold off on bringing new students to the program until 2022. The decision to eliminate a cohort of future graduate students was not an easy one, but we have decided that our priority during these unsettled times is to take care of those who are already in our program; we believe that this is the most responsible course of action at the present moment. We look forward to reading applications again in the fall of 2021 for the 2022 cohort.


The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University, which is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the United States, was born of the vision of two of the most remarkable figures in the University’s twentieth-century history. In 1946, William Clyde DeVane, the eminent long-term Dean of Yale College and Professor of English, established the Department at the urging of René Wellek, who was appointed Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature that year and who was soon to emerge as one of the greatest figures in twentieth-century literary studies. Professor Wellek took over the chairmanship of the Department from Dean DeVane in 1948, and following a series of new appointments in the early 1950s, the Department began its ascent to national prominence.

The current members of the Department continue its traditions of engaging in innovative teaching and scholarship on the literatures, languages, and cultures of the Slavic peoples. The Department offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees, with several possible tracks in each, but with a primary emphasis on Russian literature and culture, and especially film.

Slavic department faculty are recognized leaders in their scholarly fields both nationally and internationally, and have established themselves as popular and influential teachers on campus. The Department’s varied course offerings are enriched by the extensive Slavic holdings in the Yale University Library system, which is one of the greatest research collections in the world.


June 2020

Anastasia Kostina’s interview with a Russian filmmaker and educator Marina Razbezhkina, “Hunting for Reality: An Interview with Marina Razbezhkina.” was published in the Spring 2020 issue of Film Quarterly Journal.   https://filmquarterly.org/2020/02/27/hunting-for-reality-an-interview-with-marina-razbezhkina/

April 2020

Edyta Bojanowska has been named a 2020 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial FoundationEstablished by Simon and Olga Guggenheim in 1925 in memory of their son, the Guggenheim Fellowship program aims to provide financial support for artists, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and scientific researchers “who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” The 2020 class of fellows, 175 in number, was selected from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants.