Andre Benhaim

French and Italian

331 East Pyne


A native of Paris, France, André Benhaïm received a Maîtrise de Lettres Modernes from the Université de Paris-7, and a Diplôme d’Etudes Avancées from the Université de Lille-3, before obtaining his Ph.D. from Emory University. He joined the Princeton faculty in 2001. Professor Benhaïm’s main areas of research and teaching are 20th-century French prose literature and culture and Francophone literature and culture from North Africa and the Mediterranean.  Particularly interested in questions of identity and representation, and the relation between ethics and aesthetics, he also focuses on the relationship between “canonical” literature (Proust, Camus…), contemporary works (Chevillard, Modiano…), and “popular culture.” A Proust scholar, he is the author of Panim. Visages de Proust (2006), and of a collection of essays: The Strange M. Proust (2009). Lately, his research has led him to study French and Francophone bandes dessinées (and graphic novels), from Hergé’s Tintin to Joann Sfar’s Le Chat du Rabbin. Professor Benhaïm's latest publication include a book on Albert Camus and the everyday, Albert Camus au Quotidien (co-edited with Aymeric Glacet, 2013).  He is currently writing a book on the Mediterranean as a space of passages and transformations. Professor Benhaïm also belongs to the international research team "Animots", devoted to the study of animals and animality in French literature. In 2013, he co-organized with his colleague Effie Rentzou, the international colloquium "1913: The Year of French Modernism", which is now the subject of a collective volume underway.

A pescatarian, he particularly enjoys the monthly vegetarian dinner at Forbes. Benhaim has two sons, one in college, and one in middle school, who used to love playing Fussball at Forbes after enjoying a good meal.