Catherine Flynn works on British and Irish modernist literature. Her book project, James Joyce, Walter Benjamin and the Matter of Modernity, reads Ulysses and Finnegans Wake alongside the Arcades Project, considering Joyce and Benjamin’s radical rejections of the conventions of fiction and theory within a context of urban writing that ranges from nineteenth-century realist fiction to twentieth-century surrealist works. She has published articles on Joyce, Benjamin, Brecht, Kafka, and Surrealism and on theories of the Avant-Garde and of Modernism. She is co-editing with Richard Brown a special issue of the James Joyce Quarterly titled "Joycean Avant-Gardes." She is also at work with David Wheatley on a scholarly edition of Flann O’Brien’s Cruiskeen Lawn.
Research Expertise and Interest
modernism, Irish, British, comparative literature, critical theory, Avant-Gardes, James Joyce, Flann O'Brien