Dr Holly Langstaff

Stipendiary Lecturer in French, The Queen's College

My research is centered on twentieth-century literature and thought, particularly the work of Maurice Blanchot.  

My PhD thesis considers the relationship between art and technology in Blanchot.  In my thesis I examine 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 thinking the significance of the inhuman figures of Blanchot’s fictional and critical writing.  My my next project aims to reassess ecocritical theory through a reading of Blanchot and other twentieth-century French writers and thinkers.


I have taught a range of French literary and cultural modules since the beginning of my PhD in 2013.  At Queen’s I teach twentieth- and twenty-first century French literature for Preliminary and Final Honour School papers.  I am interested in modern and contemporary fiction, critical theory, and philosophy.  


‘Uncontrollable Mechanisms: Maurice Blanchot’s Inorganic Writing’, French Studies, forthcoming

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

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