Andre Benhaim

French and Italian

331 East Pyne


A native of Paris, France, André Benhaïm 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, contemporary works, and “popular culture.” Lately, his research has led him to study French and Francophone bandes dessinées (and graphic novels). Professor Benhaïm regularly teaches graduate seminars and undergraduate courses on Marcel Proust, Albert Camus, as well as on the Mediterranean. Some of his favorite courses include one on Paris in the 20th century (“Visions of Paris”), and one on hospitality (“ Tales of Hospitality: France, North Africa, and the Mediterranean”), cross-listed with Comparative Literature. Professor Benhaïm recently joined “Animalittérature / Animaliterature,” a CNRS team (the French National Center of Scientific Research) devoted to the study of animals in French literature. A pescatarian, he particularly enjoys the monthly vegetarian dinner at Forbes. And, of course, the occasional Fussball game with his sons, Gabriel, 11, and Noah, 6 (standing on a chair).