College: CUNY Graduate Center
Department: Comparative Literature
Office Phone: (212) 817-8170
André Aciman received his Ph. D. and A.M. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Lehman College. Before coming to The Graduate Center, he taught at Princeton University and Bard College.
Although his specialty is in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English, French and Italian literature (he wrote his dissertation on Madame de LaFayette’s La Princesse de Clèves), he is especially interested in the theory of the psychological novel (roman d’analyse) across boundaries and eras. In addition to teaching the history of literary theory, he teaches the work of Marcel Proust and the literature of memory and exile. André Aciman is the Executive Officer of the Doctoral Program in Comparative Literature and the Director of The Writers’ Institute at the Graduate Center.
He is also the author of the novel Call Me by Your Name, of the memoir Out of Egypt, and of False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory. He has co-authored and edited The Proust Project and Letters of Transit. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship from The New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Paris Review, as well as in several volumes of The Best American Essays.