Dr M B Holland

Michael Holland, MA, DPhil
Emeritus Professor of French

Michael B. Holland, M.A. , D.Phil.
University Lecturer (CUF) in French, Fellow of St Hugh’s College


Michael Holland’s main research area is the work of Maurice Blanchot. This entails more generally an interest in French literature and thought from 1848 onwards, and in French politics since 1870. In addition, he has done research in the field of avant-garde theatre since late nineteenth century, from Jarry and Mallarmé to Ionesco.


French language and literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.



‘Translating Mouvement, Translating Movement’, Paragraph 43:1 (March 2020), pp. 84-97

Maurice Blanchot, A World in Ruins. Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1944, translated with an introduction and notes by Michael Holland (New York, Fordham, 2019)

‘ “Tu peux tuer cet homme”. Langage et violence dans l’évolution de la pensée de Maurice Blanchot’, Cahiers Maurice Blanchot, 6 (automne 2019), pp. 50-64

‘L’Archive introuvable’ ibid., pp. 122-132

‘En attendant Blanchot’, En Attendant Nadeau, 53 (21 avril 2018)  https://www.en-attendant-nadeau.fr/2018/04/21/attendant-blanchot-hamel

Maurice Blanchot, ‘The Homage to Debussy at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées’, translated with a foreword by Michael Holland (Angelaki, 23:3, ‘Sounds of Disaster: Sonic Encounters with Blanchot’, 2018), pp. 10-13

‘Writing as Überfluss: Blanchot’s Reading of Kafka’s Diaries, in Understanding Blanchot, Understanding Modernism, edited by Christopher Langlois (New York, Bloomsbury, 2018), pp. 163-181

‘Une fiction impossible’, Cahiers Maurice Blanchot, 5 (hiver 2017-2018), pp. 43-57

‘L’Archive introuvable’, ibid., pp. 128-136

‘Il n’y a qu’un Blanchot’, En Attendant Nadeau, 39 (20 septembre 2017) https://www.en-attendant-nadeau.fr/2017/09/20/blanchot-chroniques

‘Quand l’insoumission se déclare : Maurice Blanchot entre 1958 et 1968’, Communications, 99 (2016), pp. 55-68

Maurice Blanchot, A World in Ruins. Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1943, translated with an introduction and notes by Michael Holland (New York, Fordham, 2016)

‘Eine unmögliche Fiktion. Anmerkungen zu Maurice Blanchots Wahnsinn des Tages’, in Maurice Blanchot, Der Wahnsinn des Tages (Wien, Turia + Kant, 2016), pp. 41-78

‘Préambule’ Cahiers Maurice Blanchot, 4 (hiver 2015 / 2016), pp. 113-115

‘L’Archive introuvable’, ibid., pp. 80-87

‘Blanchot et la tradition juive’, La Nouvelle Quinzaine littéraire, 1139 (16-30 novembre 2015), pp. 16-17

‘Blanchot, Magnane and “the chance of a rigorous language”, in Georges Magnane: la plume et le sport, edited by Thomas Bauer (Reims, EPURE, 2015), pp. 209-222

Avant dire. Essais sur Blanchot (Paris, Editions Hermann, 2015)

‘Le Silence de la guerre’, Phasis. European Journal of Philosophy, 2 (2014), pp. 115-133

‘N’en déplaise. (Pour une pensée conséquente)’, Cahiers Maurice Blanchot, 3 (automne 2014), pp. 149-162

‘L’Archive introuvable’, ibid, pp. 163-174

Maurice Blanchot, Desperate Clarity. Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1942, translated with an introduction and notes by Michael Holland (New York, Fordham 2014)

Maurice Blanchot, Into Disaster. Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1941, translated with an introduction and notes by Michael Holland (New York, Fordham, 2014)

‘Triangulations au sujet de Blanchot et l’antisémitisme. En lisant Jean-Luc Nancy’, in Cahiers Maurice Blanchot, 2, Winter 2013 / 2014, pp. 58-80

‘Blanchot and Gandhi’, Journal for Cultural Research 16:4 (October 2012), pp. 393-417

‘Blanchot, le nihilisme et la « Mort de Dieu »’, in ‘Nihilismes ?’, edited by Éric Benoît et Dominique Rabaté, Modernités, 33 (January 2012), pp. 293-312

‘Blanchot et la sortie du nihilisme’, in Cahiers Maurice Blanchot, 1, mars 2011, pp. 65-78

‘Blanchot and Jean Paul’ in Blanchot Romantique, edited by John Mckeane and Hannes Opelz (Oxford, Peter Lang), 2011, pp.109-27

‘Space and Beyond: L’attente l’oubli’, in Clandestine Encounters, edited by Kevin Hart (Indiana, University of Notre Dame Press, 2010), pp. 263-81

‘D’un retour au tournant’, in Blanchot dans son siecle, edited by Monique Antelme et al. (Lyon, Parangon, (Colloque de Cerisy) 2009), pp. 317-30

‘The Time of his Life’, in ‘Blanchot’s Epoch’, edited by Leslie Hill and Michael Holland, Paragraph 30:3 (November 2007), pp. 46-66

‘Accuser le coup’, Les Lettres Romanes, numéro hors série: ‘Maurice Blanchot, la singulairité d’une écriture’,  edited by Arthur Cools et al. (Louvain, 2005), pp. 117-29

‘An Idyll?’, in After Blanchot, edited by Leslie Hill et al. (Newark, University of Delaware Press, 2005), pp. 80-99)

‘Belly Laughs’, in The Anatomy of Laughter, edited by Toby Garfitt, Edith McMorran and Jane Taylor (Oxford, Legenda, 2005), pp. 42-49

Ionesco, La Cantatrice chauve and Les Chaises, Critical Guides to French Texts (London: Grant & Cutler, 2004)

‘État Present. Maurice Blanchot’, French Studies, LVIII : 4 (October 2004), pp. 533-538

‘Living Later’, in Nowhere Without No. In Memory of Maurice Blanchot, edited by Kevin Hart (Sydney, Vagabond Press, Stray Dog Editions, 2003), pp. 27-28

‘Je me retournerai souvent’, in Maurice Blanchot. Récits critiques, edited by Christophe Bident and Pierre Vilar (Tours: Editions Farrago, 2003), 573-94

‘The Difficult Distance. Mallarmé, Symbolism and the Stage’, in Symbolism, Decadence and the Fin de Siècle, edited by Patrick McGuinness (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2000), 72-89

‘Qui est l’Aminadab de Blanchot?’, Revue des Sciences Humaines, 253/1 (1999), 21-42

‘ “La Marque de naisance” ’, L’Oeil de boeuf, 14/15 (mai 1998), pp. 33-36

‘Ionesco and Tradition’, Nottingham French Studies, 35:1 (Spring 1996), pp. 53-66

The Blanchot Reader (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995)


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