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Ann Smock is Professor of French Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Her translations include two books by Maurice Blanchot, The Space of Literature (U. of Nebraska Press, 1983) and The Writing of the Disaster (Nebraska, 1986), Sarah Kofman's memoir Rue Ordener Rue Labat (Nebraska, 1996), and Kofman's short work on Nietzsche, "Scorning Jews," in Selected Writings (ed. Thomas Albrecht et al., Stanford U. Press, 2007). She is the author of two critical books: Double Dealing (Nebraska, 1986) and What Is There to Say? (Nebraska, 2003). Her teaching and research bear on twentieth- and twenty-first-century French literature and culture; currently she is concentrating on contemporary poetry in France.