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Dr Holly Langstaff

Dr Holly LangstaffTeaching Fellow

Tel: TBC

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 the beginning of my PhD in 2013. I am responsible for the widening participation programme of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. In 2019 I established Warwick Translates Summer School.

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. My next project aims to reassess ecocritical theory by reading Blanchot alongside and against other ecological thinkers.


I am interested in modern and contemporary fiction, critical theory, and philosophy. I lecture on the first-year modules The Story of Modern France and French Cultural Landmarks: Love, Language and Power. I teach the French term of the first-year Film Studies module Aspects of French and German Literature. This year I am convening the intermediate module Modern Masterpieces and a module for finalists and second-year students Modern French Thinkers.


'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

Upcoming papers

'Blanchot's Bestiary: On the Suspending of Sacrifice', Modern French Research Seminar, University of Oxford, 7 February 2019

[Title to be confirmed], Environmental and Medical Perspectives on Modern Francophone Culture, University of Bristol, 10-11 May 2019