John Conlan

Areas of Interest
psychoanalysis, cultural memory, urbanism and the politics of the everyday

Education
B.A., NUI Maynooth; M.A., University College Dublin

Profile
John deals primarily with the late modernist Irish novel. His MA thesis, “’Damn that fellow’s noise in the street’: Imposture and the Crisis of Character in the ‘Circe’ Episode of Ulysses”, explores James Joyce’s critical representation of Gaelic Revivalism and Irish cultural crisis. His current research deals more broadly with questions of civil agency and colonialism in Joyce, and the way in which the latter makes use of local history to construct a larger geo-political portrait of literary nationalism. His work on Samuel Beckett’s later fiction addresses the problem of authorship as a response to the post-war European avant-garde through the lens of Levinasian ethics and issues of the posthuman. Other interests include Lacanian psychoanalysis, cultural memory, urbanism and the politics of the everyday.

Recent Scholarly Activity
Review of Peter Fifield’s Late Modernist Style in Samuel Beckett and Emmanuel Levinas. Forthcoming. Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies, 2014

"Open Spaces: A Report on the Dublin James Joyce Summer School, 2013",James Joyce Quarterly, 49.2, 2012.

“The Crisis of Character in the ‘Circe’ Episode of Ulysses”, American Conference for Irish Studies, University College Dublin, 2014

Participant, IRISH Seminar: The Vernacular Imagination, O’Connell House, Dublin