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 studied French and German at Cambridge, where I returned for my Masters in European Literature and Culture. I moved 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.
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. This year I am lecturer and seminar tutor and lecturer on The Story of Modern France.
Wednesdays 2pm-3pm or by appointment
In 2021 I am a judge for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize