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Dr Deirdre Flynn

Dr Deirdre Flynn

Lecturer in 21st Century Literature

Research interests

Contemporary world literature, Irish Studies, Drama and Theatre, Post-Celtic Tiger Fiction, Dystopian Literature, Urban Studies, Haruki Murakami. 

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Member of the Young Academy of Ireland

Secretary of IASIL (International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures)

Blog Editor of the Irish Women’s Writing (1880-1920) Network


Selected publications


Austerity and Irish Women's Literature and Culture 1980 - 2020, eds Deirdre Flynn & Ciara Murphy (Routledge, 2022) (HERE)

Representations of Loss in Irish Literature, eds Deirdre Flynn & Eugene O’Brien (Palgrave, 2018) (HERE)

Irish Urban Fictions: A Critical Introduction, eds Maria Beville & Deirdre Flynn (Palgrave, 2018) (HERE)


Book Chapters:

  • 'Irish Women's Writing and Culture under the Shadow of Austerity’ with Ciara Murphy in Austerity and Irish Women’s Writing 1980 -2020, eds Deirdre Flynn & Ciara Murphy, (Routledge, 2022)

  • ‘Motherhood, referendums and austerity in contemporary Irish Women’s Writing’ in Austerity and Irish Women’s Writing 1980 -2020, eds Deirdre Flynn & Ciara Murphy, (Routledge, 2022)

  • ‘Last Ones Left Alive: Zombies and Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland’, in Theorising the Contemporary Zombie: Contextual Pasts, Presents, and Futures, eds Scott Hamilton & Conor Heffernan, (University of Wales Press, 2022) HERE
  • ‘Our Native Reminiscence’: Clinging to ‘Lost Time’ in Kevin Barry’s City of Bohane in Time, the City, and the Literary Imagination, eds Evans, Anne-Marie, Kramer, Kaley, Palgrave Macmillan: London. (2021) (HERE)

  • ‘The uncanny city: Delving into the sewers and subconscious of Tokyo in Murakami's Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World’ in Supernatural Cities, ed Karl Bell. Boydell and Brewer (October, 2019) 

  • ‘Streets of Spectrality: Kevin Barry’s Dystopian City of Bohane’ in Worlds Gone Awry: Essays on Dystopian Fiction, eds C. Clark Triplett, Ashley G. Anthony & John Han. (McFarland, 2018)

  • ‘Holding on to “rites, rhythms and rituals”: Mike McCormack’s homage to small-town Irish life and death’ in Representations of Loss in Irish Literature, eds Deirdre Flynn & Eugene O’Brien pp. 70 - 95 (Palgrave, 2018)

  • ‘The Transcreation of Tokyo: The Universality of Murakami's Urban Landscape’ in Challenging Authors: Haruki Murakami, eds P. l Thomas & M. Stretcher, pp 87 -100 (Sense Publishers, 2016)



  •  ‘Will it flood? Are you even listening to me?’ Eco-Gothic and the Climate Crisis in Kevin Barry’s ‘Fjord of Killary’, Irish University Review, Vol 53:1 HERE

  • “Foreigners, non-nationals, immigrants”: precarious citizenship, precarious labour(s) in Oona Frawley’s Flight (2014),  Irish Studies Review, VOL 31:1. 2023. HERE

  • 'Crime on the Periphery: Tana French’s Criminal Geography' in Critical Inquiries Into Irish Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, 2022  HERE

  • ‘Sex work and the city: Liminal lives in Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street’, Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture, 13:1, pp. 47–60,

  • ‘‘Where are you from originally’: The cruel optimism of precarious Irish public sphere in Melatu Okorie’s Under the Awning’ in Alluvium Journal, Vol 9.1. 2021 (HERE)

  • 'On Being Precarious' in Irish University Review 50:1 (HERE)

  • ‘Rural encroachment in Mary Lavin’s short stories’ in Irish University Review, EUP, Vol 49, November 2019

  • ‘Motherhood, Marriage, and Daughters in Anne Enright's The Green Road’ in Moving Worlds: Women Write Now: Reading the Contemporary, 18.1, pp. 115-126.


Other Activities:

External Examiner, English Undergraduate Programme, SETU. 2022-2025.