Ian Balfour is Professor of English and of Social & Political Thought at York University. He is the author of several books, including The Rhetoric of Romantic Prophecy, and numerous essays on popular and unpopular culture. With the filmmaker Atom Egoyan, he co-edited Subtitles: On the Foreignness of Film and with Eduardo Cadava "And Justice for All?: The Claims of Human Rights" for South Atlantic Quarterly. He was also the sole editor of a SAQ volume on Late Derrida. For 2010-11, he is the M.H. Abrams Distinguished Visiting Professor of English at Cornell. He’s now completing a book on the sublime.