Flann O’Brien: Intersections of Form and Identity

deadline for submissions: 
September 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
International Flann O'Brien Society

Call for Papers


Intersections of Form and Identity

The Parish Review: The Journal of the International Flann O’Brien Society 4.2


Brian O’Nolan’s various personas allowed the author to push the boundaries of genre and authorial agency. Under the pseudonyms accredited to him, O’Nolan wrote novels, short stories, plays, teleplays, and journalistic pieces. However, O’Nolan’s notorious ‘compartmentation of his personality for the purpose of literary utterance’[1] was by no means rigid, and many of his personas produced works in genres not typically associated with them. For example, “Myles na gCopaleen” published short prose in Irish Writing and The Bell, while “Flann O’Brien” would occasionally be credited for columns in The Irish Times. Transgressing the boundaries of literary and journalistic forms, while testing the interface between form and authorial identity, these migrations across genres under discrete yet malleable guises remain to be fully interrogated and offer the opportunity for further investigative research in O’Nolan studies.

            The Parish Review seeks essays which explore the intersections of O’Nolan’s various personas and the question of genre. Topics might include, but are not limited to:


  • Dialectics between “Myles na gCopaleen” and “Flann O’Brien” (or other authorial personas).
  • Journalism/Prose/Drama genre hybrids or departures.
  • ‘Fake News’ and Satirical Prose.
  • Dialogic engagements with other authors or disciplines.
  • Anonymity as an affront to authoritative social structures and discourses.


Essays of 5,000 words (Chicago Manuel of Style 16th Edition) on intersections of form and identity related to the O’Nolan canon should be submitted to viennacis.anglistik@univie.ac.at for consideration by 1 July, 2017.

[1] Myles Na Gopaleen, ‘De Me’, New Ireland: Magazine of the New Ireland Society of the Queen’s University of Belfast 2 (March 1964): 41–42.