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Department of Languages and Literatures at Lehman College

Faculty - Amin Erfani

Amin ErfaniE-mail Address:  amin.erfani@lehman.cuny.edu
Phone Number: 718-960-8274
Office: Carman Hall, Room 275
Rank: Assistant Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: Ph.D., Emory University

Amin Erfani received his BA in French and Comparative Literature followed by a master’s degree in French from Stony Brook University (SUNY). He subsequently received a Ph.D. in French with certificates in Comparative Literature and Psychoanalytic Studies from Emory University. He joined the Languages and Literatures Department at Lehman College in 2013. He has offered courses at Lehman ranging from elementary to advanced French language; French and Francophone literature; special topics on theater; 20th and 21st century French film and novel; interdisciplinary studies on modern France and the Francophone world; Comparative Literature in Antique and Medieval World literature; prison literature and writing in the Lehman Scholars Program; and a course in contemporary French and Francophone theater and theory at the CUNY Graduate Center. His scholarly publications and conferences focus on avant-garde European theater, new media, critical theory, and psychoanalytic studies, as well as French 19th and 20th century poetry. In addition, his own literary work in French and English have appeared in journals and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, granting him a literary award for innovative writing. He has collaborated, within and beyond university walls, with cultural organizations and French and American theaters. In that context, he has initiated a series of stage productions combining his own theatrical work with contemporary French plays in his original English translations, notably of works by Bernard-Marie Koltès and Valère Novarina. He is the co-organizer of the international virtual conference on translation: “Open Borders: Translation and Its Perils,” sponsored by Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, October 15-16, 2021.

Published Translation:

  • Bernard-Marie Koltès: Seven Plays. Ed. Amin Erfani. Martin E. Segal Theater Center Publications. New York, forthcoming.
  • An Incomprehensible Mother Tongue. Valère Novarina. Trans. Amin Erfani. Martin E. Segal Theater Center Publications. New York, May 2015.

Academic Publications:

Academic Journals:

  • “Secular Prayers: Genet’s Criminal Child.” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: SITES, vol. 24, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), August 2020.
  • “La Chose musicale de Francis Ponge : vers une résonance pré-textuelle.” Ed. Scott Shinabargar. In La Revue des Sciences Humaines, n°314, avril-juin 2014.
  • “Charles Baudelaire et le Théâtre du Mal.” In Revue Littérature, n°157. Ed. Martin Mégevand, Paris: Editions Armand Colin, pp. 51-65, April 2010.
  • “Le Texte errant: La Textualité incarnée dans L’Enfant de sable.” In Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, Vol. 21, No.1, pp.79-95, Spring 2006.

Chapters in Books:

  • Dictionnaire Bernard-Marie Koltès : « Amérique du Nord. » Ed. Florence Bernard. Éditions Honoré Champion, forthcoming 2022.
  • Dictionnaire Bernard-Marie Koltès : « Traduction. » Ed. Florence Bernard. Éditions Honoré Champion, forthcoming 2022.
  • Dictionnaire Bernard-Marie Koltès : « Rapport au metteur en scène. » Ed. Florence Bernard. Éditions Honoré Champion, forthcoming 2022.
  • « Traduire le théâtre de Valère Novarina : anglais américain. » In La République des traducteurs 2. Ed. Constantin Bobas et Marco Baschera, forthcoming 2021.
  • Introduction: Bernard-Marie Koltès: Seven Plays. Ed. Amin Erfani. Martin E. Segal Theater Center Publications. New York, forthcoming, 2021.
  • “Traduire l'étrangeté de la langue chez Koltès: The Night Just Before the Forests.” In Bernard-Marie Koltès : De l'oeuvre au style en passant par le registre. Ed. André Petitjean. Editions Universitaires de Dijon, June 4, 2014, pp. 265-270.
  • “La Parole est une affaire d’essoufflement.” In Dans la solitude de Bernard-Marie Koltès. Ed. Christophe Bident, Arnaud Maïsetti et Sylvie Patron. Revue Textuel. Éditions Hermann, Paris, Fvrier 15, 2014, pp. 51-56.
  • “Le Souffle de Bernard-Marie Koltès: les inventions de l’autre dans la Nuit juste avant les forêts.” In Koltès maintenant et autres métamorphoses. Eds. Yannick Butel, Christophe Bident, Christophe Triau, Arnaud Maisetti. Paris, Peter Lang, coll. Liminaires - Passages interculturels italo-ibériques, vol. 18, 2010, pp. 145-160

Website: aminerfani.com