Dr. Paul Fagan

Adjunct Faculty in Literature







Courses Taught at WVPU

History of the Novel

Background and Facts

Paul Fagan has lectured in the history of British and Irish literature, modernism, and cultural studies at the University of Vienna, Salzburg University, and Tromso University, Norway. In 2017, he received his PhD in English and American Studies from the University of Vienna with a dissertation on the literary hoax from Swift to Beckett. Prior to receiving his MA in Anglophone Cultures and Literatures from the University of Vienna in 2010 for a thesis on Joyce's Finnegans Wake, he studied English Literature at University College Dublin and the University of Zurich, receiving his BA from the former in 2003.  

Fagan has been an invited lecturer at the Trieste James Joyce Summer School, and the Vienna Irish Studies and Cultural Theories Summer School, where is is also the co-founder and coordinator. He is the co-founder and president of the International Flann O’Brien Society, as well as co-founder and series editor of the peer-reviewed society journal The Parish Review. He is the co-editor, with Ruben Borg and Werner Huber, of Flann O’Brien: Contesting Legacies, which was listed in the Irish Times top ten non-fiction books of 2014, and with Ruben Borg and John McCourt of Flann O'Brien: Problems with Authority. Paul has published articles and reviews in James Joyce Quarterly, European Joyce Studies, Joyce Studies in Italy, The Parish Review, and Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas, with chapters in edited collections from Syracuse University Press, Manchester University Press, Cork University Press, Dalkey Archive Press, and Brill/Rodopi. He is currently working on the edited volumes Flann O’Brien: Gallows Humour (with Ruben Borg) and Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities (with John Greaney and Tamara Radak), and is completing a monograph titled Positions of Distrust: The Literary Hoax and the Irish Tradition.