André Aciman

André Aciman (photo credit: Sigrid Estrada)

Research Interests

  • Marcel Proust
  • The Literature of Seventeenth-Century France
  • Madame de LaFayette
  • The Psychological Novel and the roman d'analyse
  • Memoirs and Memory in the Twentieth Century


  • Ph.D. and A.M. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University
  • B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Lehman College

André Aciman earned 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 is especially interested in the theory of the psychological novel (roman d’analyse) across boundaries and eras. In addition to the history of literary theory, he teaches the work of Marcel Proust and the literature of memory and exile.
Aciman is the author of the novels Harvard Square, Call Me by Your Name, and Eight White Nights, the memoir Out of Egypt, and the essay collections False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory and Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere. He also coauthored and edited The Proust Project and Letters of Transit. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, the New RepublicGranta, and the Paris Review, as well as in several volumes of The Best American Essays. He has won a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Aciman serves as director of the Writers’ Institute at the Graduate Center and the Center for the Humanities.