Berkeley English Faculty

Catherine Flynn

Catherine Flynn

Associate Professor, Director of Irish Studies, Director of Berkeley Connect, Affiliate of the Program in Critical Theory

Wheeler Hall, room 454
OH: 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, appeared with Cambridge University Press (2019).

For the hundred-year anniversary of Ulysses, she has put together The Cambridge Centenary Ulysses: The 1922 Text with Essays and Notes, a facsimile edition of the historic 1922 Shakespeare and Company text, featuring Joyce’s own errata as well as references to later amendments, along with maps, photographs, and footnotes, and an essay by a leading Joyce scholar on each of the eighteen episodes (Cambridge University Press, 2022).

She co-hosts the related podcast U22 The Centenary Ulysses (available on iTunes and Spotify) with former students Rafael Aguilar, Max Ambrose, Emily Moell, and Louie Poore.

Her edited volume, entitled The New Joyce Studies: Twenty-First Century Critical Revisions, was published by Cambridge University Press in September 2022.

She is currently working on a monograph on Flann O'Brien/Myles na gCopaleen/Brian O'Nolan and the young Irish State.

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.

The New Joyce Studies
The New Joyce Studies

The New Joyce Studies indicates the variety and energy of research on James Joyce since the year 2000. The essays examine Joyce’s works and their reception in the light of a larger set of concerns: a diverse international terrain of scholarly mode....(read more)

The Cambridge Centenary Ulysses: The 1922 Text with Essays and Notes
The Cambridge Centenary Ulysses: The 1922 Text with Essays and Notes

James Joyce's Ulysses is considered one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. This new edition - published to celebrate the book's first publication - helps readers to understand the pleasures of this monumental work and to grapple with it....(read more)

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: "Catherine Flynn's James Joyce and the Matter of Paris (Cambridge UP) is an engaging, ambitious, thoroughly researched study that makes a significant contri....(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.

Current Research

Catherine Flynn is currently at work on a book about Flann O'Brien/Myles na gCopaleen/Brian O'Nolan's comic ployglot Irish Times column, Cruiskeen Lawn.

English Department Classes