Pierre Alféri

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Pierre Alféri
Paris, France
OccupationPoet, essayist, novelist, academic

Pierre Alféri (French: [pjɛʁ alfeʁi]; born 1963) is a French novelist, poet, and essayist. Alféri is the son of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida and psychoanalyst Marguerite Aucouturier.


After his dissertation on William of Ockham, Alféri began to primarily write poetry.[1] Alféri is also a literary translator who has translated works by John Donne, Giorgio Agamben and Meyer Schapiro from English and Russian into French.[2] He has also written songs for several performing artists including Jeanne Balibar. Between 1991 and 1992, Alféri was writer-in-residence at the Fondation Royaumont, and at the French Academy in Rome between 1987 and 1988.

Alféri is co-founder (with Suzanne Doppelt), of the literary journal Détail, and La Revue de Littérature Générale (with Olivier Cadiot). Alféri teaches at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris,[3] the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris, and the European Graduate School.


  • Les Allures naturelles POL, Paris, 1991 ISBN 2-86744-218-4
  • Le Chemin familier du poisson combatif, POL, Paris, 1992 ISBN 2-86744-308-3
  • Kub Or, POL, Paris, 1994 ISBN 2-86744-411-X
  • Sentimentale journée, POL, Paris, 1997 ISBN 2-86744-557-4
  • Personal Pong (avec Jacques Julien), Villa Saint-Clair, Sète, 1997
  • Handicap (avec Jacques Julien), Rroz, 2000
  • petit, petit, Rup et rud, 2001
  • La Voie des airs, POL, Paris, 2004 ISBN 2-86744-993-6
  • Writing the Real: A Bilingual Anthology of Contemporary French Poetry (translated by Kate Lermitte Campbell), 2016. Enitharmon Press
  • Ca Commence à Séoul, DVD video. Pierre Alféri and Jacques Julien, Le Label Dernière Bande and Éditions P.O.L. 2007
  • L'inconnu, Pierre Alféri and Jacques Julien, le Quartier - Centre d'art contemporain de Quimper. 2004


  1. ^ Agnès Disson and Roxanne Lapidus. "Pierre Alferi: Compressing and Disconnecting" SubStance. Volume 39, Number 3, 2010 (Issue 123). E-ISSN 1527-2095 Print ISSN 0049-2426
  2. ^ "Bilingual reading by Pierre Alferi". Buffalo, United States: College of Arts and Sciences. University at Buffalo. The State University of New York. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Profil Pierre Alferi". École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts. Retrieved 23 April 2016.

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