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ENGL 4005 "Is it about a bicycle?" Flann O'Brien and the Irish Comic Tradition (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

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.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Louis de Paor

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: This course will be taught by the Burns Scholar in the Irish Room of Burns Library


Last Updated: 16-May-16