Ann Banfield received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin. Her recent research interests include literary and linguistic theory, Virginia Woolf, the industrial novel, recent French literary theory, and philosophy.
Professor Banfield is currently at work on a study that brings together the 19th-century French Bildungsroman (L'éducation sentimentale, Le rouge et le noir, Lucien Leuwen, Les misérables, Manette, Salomon, and L'Oeuvre, among others), the question of labor, and the movement of "l'art pour l'art." She is also working on a book on Samuel Beckett and the mother tongue. Both these projects developed out of courses she taught in the English department.
Professor Banfield recently published an essay, "The Name of the Subject: the 'il,'" in The Place of Maurice Blanchot. She also translated the linguist Jean-Claude Milner's L'Amour de la langue as For the Love of Language.