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Jean Bollack

Jean Bollack
Jean Bollack in February 2011.
Born15 March 1923
Died4 December 2012(2012-12-04) (aged 89)
Literary critic
SpouseMayotte Bollack

Jean Bollack (15 March 1923 – 4 December 2012) was a French philosopher, philologist and literary critic.


He first studied classical philology at the University of Basel, among others with Peter von der Mühll [de] and Albert Béguin, and from 1945 at the University of Paris where he began working under the direction of Hellenist Pierre Chantraine.[1][2]

He then established the "Centre de recherche philologique" in Lille, which he ran for some years and to which his friend Heinz Wismann participated.[2][3] According to Barbara Cassin, his philological work is remarkable for its "extraordinary textual vigilance".[4]

In addition to his work as a Hellenist with his wife and collaborator Mayotte Bollack, he has published studies on the poetry of Paul Celan. He is considered one of the most penetrating commentators on Celan.[2]


  • Empédocle 1 : « Introduction à l'ancienne physique », Paris, Éditions de Minuit, coll. "Le sens commun", 1965, (rééd. des 3 volumes) coll. Tel Éditions Gallimard.
  • Empédocle 2 : « Les Origines », edition and translation of fragments and testimonies, Paris, Minuit, coll. "Le sens commun", 1969. Tel Gallimard.
  • Empédocle 3 : « Les Origines: commentaire », commentary, Paris, Minuit, coll. "Le sens commun", 1969. Tel Gallimard.
  • Héraclite ou la séparation, in collaboration with Heinz Wismann, Paris, Minuit, coll. "Le sens commun", 1972. [Reference book]
  • La Pensée du plaisir. Epicure : textes moraux, commentaire, Paris, Minuit, 1975.
  • La Grèce de personne : les mots sous le mythe, Paris, Éditions du Seuil, coll. "L'ordre philosophique", 1997.
  • Euripides, Iphigénie à Aulis, transl. in coll. with Mayotte Bollack, Paris, Minuit, 1990.
  • Pierre de cœur, (unpublished poem by Paul Celan), Pierre Fanlac Éditeur, 1991.
  • Euripides, Andromaque, transl. in coll. with Mayotte Bollack, Paris, Minuit, 1994.
  • La naissance d’Œdipe, (translation and comment of Œdipus Rex), Gallimard, 1995.
  • Euripides, Hélène, transl. in coll. with Mayotte Bollack, Paris, Minuit, 1997.
  • Sophocles, Antigone, trans. in coll. with Mayotte Bollack, Paris, Minuit, 1999.
  • Sens contre sens. Comment lit-on? Interview with Patrick Llored. La Passe du vent, 2000.
  • Poésie contre poésie (Celan et la littérature), PUF, "Perspectives germaniques", 2001.
  • Piedra de corazón. Un poema póstumo de Paul Celan. With the help of Arnau Pons. Madrid, Arena Libros, 2002.
  • L'écrit. Une poétique dans l'œuvre de Celan, PUF, "Perspectives germaniques", 2003.
  • Euripides, Les Bacchantes, transl. in coll. with Mayotte Bollack, Paris, Minuit, 2004.
  • Poesía contra poesía. Celan y la literatura. With the help of Arnau Pons. Madrid. Trotta, 2005.
  • Jean Bollack (2005). Dionysos et la tragédie. Bayard.
  • Jean Bollack (2006). Parmenide, de l'étant au monde. Lagrasse: Verdier poche. ISBN 286432475X.
  • Abdelwahab Meddeb, Christian Jambet, Jean Bollack (2007). La conférence de Ratisbonne, Enjeux et controverses. Bayard. ISBN 978-2227476837.((cite book)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Jean Bollack (2011). L'Agamemnon d'Eschyle: Le texte et ses interprétations. Du Septentrion. ISBN 978-2859391874.
  • Jean Bollack (2013). Au jour le jour. Paris. Presses Universitaires de France. ISBN 978-2130619055.

See also


  • Christoph König, Denis Thouard (éd.), La philologie au présent : pour Jean Bollack, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2010 (collection Cahiers de philologie)
  • Christoph König, Heinz Wismann (éd.), "La lecture insistante. Autour de Jean Bollack", Paris, Albin Michel, 2011 (Colloque de Cerisy).


  1. ^ Christophe Hugot (2012). "In memoriam Jean Bollack". Archived from the original on 2016-09-22. Retrieved 2016-09-16..
  2. ^ a b c John E. Jackson (2012). "Jean Bollack, philologue et helléniste". Le Monde.
  3. ^ Robert Maggiori (2012). "Jean Bollack, la tête grecque". Libération.
  4. ^ Barbara Cassin on France Culture : [1] accessdate 16 September 2016.
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