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 her 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.
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