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Dr Holly Langstaff

Dr Holly LangstaffTeaching Fellow

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Email: H dot Langstaff dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room: 4.33 Humanities Building

Postal address: School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Humanities Building, University Road, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL


I came to the University of Warwick for my PhD on the twentieth-century writer Maurice Blanchot, which was supervised by Professor Leslie Hill. I have taught in the French department at Warwick since 2013.

I am responsible for the Widening Participation programme of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. I work with MFL teachers in the local area to promote the study of languages to GCSE and A-Level.

Research interests

My PhD thesis examined the relationship between art and technology in the work of twentieth-century French writer Maurice Blanchot. I examined Blanchot's engagement with the question of techne in criticism and fiction over a fifty-year period, demonstrating that he is far from subscribing to the technophobia of probably the most influential thinker of technology, Martin Heidegger.

I am currently working on a new project which begins by examining some of the influences behind Blanchot's third and final novel Le Très-Haut.


I am interested in modern and contemporary fiction, critical theory, and philosophy. Previously I have convened Modern French Thinkers, Modern Masterpieces, Aspects of French and German Literature.


'Uncontrollable Mechanisms: Maurice Blanchot's Inorganic Writing', French Studies, 73.3 (July 2019), 401-15
Review of A World in Ruins: Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1943 by Maurice Blanchot, trans. by Michael Holland, Modern and Contemporary France, 26: 1 (2018), 103-04