Ann Smock is Professor Emerita of French at the University of California, Berkeley, where she taught twentieth and twenty-first-century fiction, poetry and culture. She is the author of Double Dealing (University of Nebraska Press, 1986), and What Is There to Say? (University of Nebraska Press, 2003). More recent writing bears on contemporary French poets, especially Jacques Roubaud and Emmanuel Hocquard. She has translated works by Blanchot, Sarah Kofman and, with William Smock, A Semite, by Denis Guenoun (Columbia University Press, 2014).