André Aciman, 27th Annual ODU Literary Festival


André Aciman

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center for the Performing Arts

Author/Artist Bio

André Aciman teaches Comparative Literature at the City University Graduate Center (New York). He is the author of False Papers and the memoir Out of Egypt. Professor André Aciman is an expert in seventeenth-century French literature, the contemporary Arab world, modern literature, and philosophy. His book, Out of Egypt: A Memoir (1995), is an account of his Jewish-Turkish-Italian family's life in Alexandria, and has been called a "a classic memoir of modern Jewish life" by The New York Times. Aciman received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1988 and most recently taught at Bard College. He was a fellow at the New York Public Library's Center for Scholars and Writers and edited a collection of essays based on a series of lectures he organized there, entitled Letters of Transit: Reflections of Exile, Identity, Language, and Loss (1999). His recent book, False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory (2000), is a collection of his own essays that further explore themes of identity, home, and exile.


Aciman read on Friday, October 8th, 2004 at 3:00 p.m.


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