Berkeley English Faculty

Catherine Flynn

Catherine Flynn

Associate Professor

Wheeler Hall, room 454
By appointment

Professional Statement

Catherine Flynn works on British and Irish modernist literature in a European avant-garde context. Her book, James Joyce and the Matter of Paris, recently appeared with Cambridge University Press (2019). She is currently at work on a volume titled New Joyce Studies: Twenty-First Century Critical Revisions, as well as a book on Flann O'Brien/Myles na gCopaleen/Brian O'Nolan's comic, ployglot Irish Times column, Cruiskeen Lawn.

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. Previously, she practiced as an architect in Ireland and in Vienna, Austria; she has a B.Arch from University College Dublin. She is an Affiliate of the Program in Critical Theory and currently also serves as Director of Berkeley Connect in English and as Associate Director of Irish Studies.

James Joyce and the Matter of Paris
James Joyce and the Matter of Paris

Recipient of the 2020 ACIS Robert Rhodes Prize for Books on Literature, Honorable Mention.  In James Joyce and the Matter of Paris, Catherine Flynn recovers the paradigmatic city of European urban modernity as the foundational context of Joyce's i....(read more)

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).



“‘Put ‘Molotoff bread-basket’ into Irish, please’: Cruiskeen Lawn, Dada and the Blitz,” forthcoming in The Edinburgh Companion to Irish Literature, ed. Maud Ellmann, Sian White, and Vicki Mahaffey (Edinburgh University Press, 2020).

“‘Everybody here is under arrest”: Translation and Politics in Cruiskeen Lawn,” forthcoming in Gallows Humour: Death, Metamorphosis and Body Politics in Flann O'Brien, ed. Rubin Borg and Paul Fagan (Cork University Press, 2020), 19-33.

"Flann O'Brien, James Joyce, and the Queer Art of Bare Concealment," in Éire-Ireland, 54:3&4 (Fall/Winter 2019): 8-36.

“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
spring, 2020


Research Seminar: James Joyce


Graduate Readings: Comedy and Violence

summer, 2020


Berkeley Connect: Transfer Connect


Berkeley Connect: Transfer Connect


Berkeley Connect: Transfer Connect


Berkeley Connect: Transfer Connect


Berkeley Connect: Transfer Connect


Berkeley Connect: Transfer Connect

spring, 2019


Literature in English: Mid-19th Through the 20th Century

45C/101 -- discussion section

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45C/102 -- discussion section

R, M

45C/103 -- discussion section

Sutton, Emily

45C/104 -- discussion section

Sutton, Emily

45C/105 -- discussion section

Khan, Mehak Faisal

45C/106 -- discussion section

Khan, Mehak Faisal


Research Seminar: Flann O'Brien and Irish Literature

fall, 2018


The European Novel: Society and Desire

spring, 2018


Special Topics: Comedy & Violence


Research Seminar: James Joyce