Dr M B Holland

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.


‘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, numero hors serie: ‘Mauerice Blanchot, la singulairite d’une ecriture’,  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)

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

‘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

The Blanchot Reader (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995)

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