John Conlan

Conlan Bio Photo July2018

Areas of Interest
Psychoanalysis, biopolitics, urbanism, medical humanities, memory studies

B.A./B.Phil., Maynooth University; M.A. University College Dublin.

PhD, English, University of Notre Dame (May 2020)

John is an English Department Postdoctoral teaching scholar at the University of Notre Dame working in the fields of modernist and postcolonial literature. His focus is on the twentieth century novel and its aftermath. His research aims to broaden geopolitical parameters of modernism—its influence on, and interface between, class politics and aesthetics. Through the lenses of psychoanalysis, biopolitics, and memory studies, he considers questions of power and the body in a global modernist context.

His dissertation dealt with the various ways that writers from the Gaelic Revival to modernists like Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Flann O’Brien use figures of ‘liminal’ community to reflect on the development of Irish cultural identity in the context of European political modernization. He is working towards a definition of Irish modernism as a biopolitical style of writing—one that deals with the ways in which economic, legal and bio-medical definitions of ‘life’ connect local and national forms of power.

Other interests include: Music journalism, local history, and the social, technological and gender history of electronic music.

Recent Scholarly Activity

“Review of Vincent Cheng’s Amnesia and the Nation”. Forthcoming. Irish Studies Review. 2018.

“Barracks and Bicycles: The Biopolitical Environment of The Third Policeman”—Paper presented at American Conference for Irish Studies. University College, Cork. June 2018.

“John Keats’s Lamia: The Displacement of the Affective Body”—Paper presented at ‘The Gut-Brain Axis: Cultural and Historical Perspectives’. Conference at University of Glasgow. 4th-6th May 2018.

“Clinical Community and the Neutral Body: from Malone Dies to ‘The Capital of the Ruins’”—Paper presented at Biopolitical Modernisms conference. University College, Cork. 27th April 2018.

“Otherwise than Beckett”: Review of Peter Fifield’s Late Modernist Style in Samuel Beckett and Emmanuel Levinas. Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies, 2014.

“The Crisis of Character in the ‘Circe’ Episode of Ulysses”—Paper presented at American Conference for Irish Studies. University College, Dublin. June 2014.

Participant, Notre Dame IRISH Seminar: Dublin, Rome. June 2014, 2017, 2018.

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