In "Travel & Mirage: The Lure of Place," Aciman connects Freudian ideas to travel and an individual's sense of identity as he considers the various ways that the information we consume works in our minds to create expectations, fantasies, and images about certain places that may or may not reflect the reality of the actual place.
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 executive officer of the Doctoral Program in Comparative Literature and the director of The Writers' Institute at The Graduate Center. He is the author of the memoir Out of Egypt, and of two collections of essays, False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory and Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere. He has co–authored and edited The Proust Project and Letters of Transit. He is also the author of three novels, Call Me by Your Name, Eight White Nights, and of the forthcoming Harvard Square. His books have appeared in many languages. 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 many volumes of The Best American Essays.