Catherine Flynn

Catherine Flynn

Associate Professor
Wheeler Hall, room 454
Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m. and by appointment

Professional Statement

Catherine Flynn works on British and Irish modernist literature. Her book project, James Joyce and the Matter of Paris, argues that Joyce encountered the fundamental challenge of his career during his first period in Paris at the age of twenty. He experienced there a consumer capitalism so intense that it provoked for him a crisis of subjectivity, thought and art and transformed his subsequent perceptions of Dublin. The book shows how, as Joyce struggled with this challenge over the course of his career, nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature was an essential resource. The work of writers from Charles Baudelaire to Alfred Jarry were crucial to his discovery and development, through a series of increasingly innovative literary forms, what Flynn calls sentient thinking.

Catherine Flynn joined the Department of English in 2012. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Introduction to the Humanities Program from 2009 to 2012. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University in 2009 and her B.A. in English and Philosophy from University College Cork in 2000. She practiced as an architect in Ireland and in Vienna, Austria; she has a B.Arch from University College Dublin.


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


James Joyce and the Matter of Paris (forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 2019).


Edited volumes:

Joycean Avant-Gardes, ed. and introd. Richard Brown and Catherine Flynn, James Joyce Quarterly, 52, ii (Winter 2015).



“Character and Form in the Modernist Novel," in The Cambridge Companion to the Novel, ed. Eric Bulson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 104-120.     

Finnegans Wake’s Radio Montage: Man-Made Static, the Avant-Garde, and Collective Reading,” in Joycean Avant-Gardes., ed. Catherine Flynn and Richard Brown, James Joyce Quarterly, 52, ii (Winter 2015): 287-306.

“‘the half-said thing’: Cruiskeen Lawn, Japan and the Second World War,” in Flann O’Brien: Problems with Authority, ed. Ruben Borg, Paul Fagan and John McCourt. Cork University Press, 2017. 71-86.

“From Dowel to Tesseract: Joyce and De Stijl from ‘Cyclops’ to Finnegans Wake” in European Joyce Studies. Vol. 24 (April 2016): 20-45.

“Marxist Modernisms: From Jameson to Benjamin” in A Handbook of Modernism Studies, ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté (Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. 2013), 123-38.

“Joyce, Kafka and the Sirens" in Praharfeast: James Joyce in Prague, eds. Michael Groden, David Spurr, David Vichnar (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia Books, 2012), 104-20.

“‘Circe’ and Surrealism: Joyce and the Avant-Garde” in Journal of Modern Literature (JML), 34:2 (Winter 2011): 121-38.

“A Brechtian Epic at Eccles Street: Matter, Meaning and History in ‘Ithaca’” in Éire-Ireland, 45:3&4 (Fall/Winter 2010): 66-86.

Recent English Courses Taught

Fall, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
125C/1 The European Novel: Society and Desire Novel
Spring, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
166/1 Special Topics: Comedy & Violence British 20th- and 21st-Century
Special Topics
190/2 Research Seminar: James Joyce British 20th- and 21st-Century
Research Seminars
Fall, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
126/1 British Literature, 1900-1945 British 20th- and 21st-Century
203/3 Graduate Readings: Materiality Graduate Courses
Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
45C/2 Literature in English: Late-19th through the 20th Century Introductory Surveys
45C/201 -- discussion section Le, Serena
45C/202 -- discussion section McWilliams, Ryan
Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
126/1 British Literature: 1900-1945: The Modernist Novel British 20th- and 21st-Century
190/7 Research Seminar: Materiality: How the Physical World Is Made to Mean Research Seminars

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