The Annual Seamus Heaney Memorial Lecture: Catherine Flynn, University of California, Berkeley


Location: Decio Hall, 2nd Floor


The annual Seamus Heaney Memorial Lecture is a signature event in the Keough-Naughton Institute's year. The Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney spoke twice at Notre Dame, and this annual event honors his memory and his outstanding contributions to Irish and world literature.

Catherine Flynn, Associate Professor of English and Director of Irish Studies at the University of California Berkeley, will deliver this year's lecture. 

Professor 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 in 2019.

For last year's centenary of Ulysses, she published The Cambridge Centenary Ulysses: The 1922 Text with Essays and Notes, a facsimile edition of the historic 1922 Shakespeare and Company text. Her most recent edited volume, The New Joyce Studies: Twenty-First Century Critical Revisions, is also published by the Cambridge University Press.

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

Professor Flynn joined Berkeley's 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.

Professor Flynn spoke at the Institute's 2022 IRISH Seminar in Dublin.