ENGL 4005 "Is it about a bicycle?" Flann O'Brien and the Irish Comic Tradition (Fall: 3 )
Flann O’Brien has been cited as a significant influence by a new wave of Irish comedians and writers and yet, despite tributes from James Joyce, Dylan Thomas, Graham Greene and Seán O’Casey, O’Brien’s reputation during his own lifetime rested more on his newspaper column than on his three extraordinary novels At Swim-Two-Birds, The Third Policeman, and An Béal Bocht [The Poor Mouth]. This course will explore Flann O’Brien’s work as part of an Irish comic tradition that extends from early and medieval Gaelic literature to the work of a new generation of contemporary Irish writers including Kevin Barry and Mike McCormack.
Instructor(s): Louis de Paor
Last Updated: 16-May-16